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July 19, 2014 | NPR · The Sunni town fought back when Sunni Muslim extremists from the Islamic State tried to impose their rule. The extremists leveled the town as a warning to Sunnis who won’t accept their brutal rule.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · Gov. Andrew Cuomo is supporting the drug Truvada as part of the state’s ambitious plan to fight AIDS. But some advocates worry it will encourage risky behavior or won’t reach the most vulnerable.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · South African writer and activist Nadine Gordimer wrote 15 books, and helped her friend Nelson Mandela edit his famous speech, “I Am Prepared To Die.” She died this week at the age of 90.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · As part of our summer Book Your Trip series, Petra Mayer delves into the mysteries of time travel: how do authors make it work? What’s the appeal? And should you kill Hitler, if you get the chance?
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · At the annual conference known as Netroots Nation, the vice president received a warm embrace from progressive activists. But that doesn’t mean they want him to run for president in 2016.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · Carolyn, 68, is ready to let go. Dying of cancer, she tries to get her nurse to assist in her suicide. Playwright Chisa Hutchinson drew on real-life inspirations for this dark comedy’s characters.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · The jazz pianist recovered from a coma in 2008 and was back on stage the next year. He hasn’t slowed down since, and this month brings his latest album, a trio recording called Floating.
 

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July 12, 2014 | NPR · When her once-middle-class family suddenly needed help, Darlena Cunha drove a Mercedes to enroll in the federal nutrition program. “The most embarrassing part was how I felt about myself,” she writes.
 

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July 12, 2014 | NPR · Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg says we can’t always change difficult circumstances, but it is possible to change the way we experience them. That can start with a simple exercise.
 

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July 12, 2014 | NPR · District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says he will stop prosecuting some people arrested for low-level marijuana possession. But that won’t stop the New York Police Department from making arrests.
 

 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Wal-Mart, the nation’s biggest company, affects the lives of millions of workers and shoppers. So its U.S. leadership change is attracting lots of interest. Here are some theories about what happened.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · The head-to-toe protective gear is designed to prevent Ebola from infecting health care workers. Yet some do contract the disease. It’s not the suit’s fault. It’s likely a case of human error.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · The State Department says it has evidence that Moscow is lobbing artillery across its border at Ukrainian government forces, and that the Kremlin plans to ship rocket artillery to the rebels.
 

Arts & Life

July 24, 2014 | NPR · Yelena Akhtiorskaya’s debut novel is about a family that emigrates from Odessa to the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. It’s a funny tale full of insider knowledge and offbeat words.
 

July 24, 2014 | NPR · In the middle of a summer of sequels — from The Expendables 3 to 22 Jump Street — it seemed the right moment to have Bob Mondello look at the art of (Son of, Bride of) sequel titling (Part Deux).
 

July 24, 2014 | NPR · Why do we call them “French fries” even though they aren’t French? When you’re done pondering that question, you’ll find that all answers in this final round contain nationalities.
 

Music

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July 24, 2014 | KCRW · Amarante is well known in his home country of Brazil as part of Los Hermanos and, here in the states, he made a name for himself as a member of LA group Little Joy. Watch him perform “Mana” at KCRW.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Join us as we walk through New York’s Spanish Harlem alongside DJ Turmix. He gives us a tour of El Barrio and one of the amazing musical genres born there: Boogaloo.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · The video for the teenage duo Maddie & Tae’s first single, “Girl In A Country Song,” cheerfully turns the tables on the cartoonish macho tendencies of so much recent country music.
 

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