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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Fresh out of school, Alton Yates needed to make money, so he signed up for the Air Force. His job? Riding rocket-propelled sleds, to help test whether high-speed space travel would be safe for humans.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Experts say the well-funded militant group is focused on gaining power in the Middle East, not attacking America. The bigger risk is of an opportunistic attack, locally or in Europe.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Health officials want to reduce the rat population, so they’re hiring extra exterminators, sealing up holes and teaching regular New Yorkers how to make homes and gardens less rat-friendly.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its genetic code. But it’s unclear what the mutations mean.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Download new music from Merchandise, Reigning Sound, The Barr Brothers, Field Report and more.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign has been hitting Republican Rep. Cory Gardner hard on the issue, and the state’s Latino community is once again thought to be the constituency that could decide the race.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability.
 

August 28, 2014 | NPR · In the moonscape of Death Valley, one mystery stands out: boulders that seem to creep along the desert floor when nobody’s looking. Thanks to video and GPS, scientists now think they know why.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · This Thursday is comics legend Jack Kirby’s birthday; the creator of Captain America would have been 97. Comics stores and creators all over the country are hosting celebrations in his honor.
 

 

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September 1, 2014 | KUOW · Amazon has thousands of workers in Germany and many are unhappy that they’re classified as lower-paid logistics workers. The company says they’re well compensated for unskilled labor.
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · When we talk, we focus on the “content” words — the ones that convey information. But the tiny words that tie our sentences together have a lot to say about power and relationships.
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · And, author Kwei Quartey adds, “The police may not find you for a little while.” That’s why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana’s capital.
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · And, author Kwei Quartey adds, “The police may not find you for a little while.” That’s why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana’s capital.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · In her new novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Sri Lankan-American author Nayomi Munaweera shows the decades-long Sri Lankan civil war from the perspective of two girls who witness the horror.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Auctioneering runs in Blaine Lotz’s blood; he says he was “pretty near born in a livestock market.” Now, he’s won the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship — the Super Bowl of auctioneering.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · After a three-year hiatus, the singer’s 14th album is the sound of a once-prolific genius who’s only recently relearned what it’s like to walk on steady footing.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · On his 11th album, the Massive Attack star still showcases a brooding, searching spirit and a cinematic sense of atmosphere. But he also plays around with new facets of his persona.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Madman shows Rowe mixing his folk and junk-shop rock styles together with new elements: soul, blues, gospel, R&B. The upshot, surprisingly, is his most coherent record yet.
 

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