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Ex-Ambassador To Syria: Civil War Could Drag On For Years

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Robert Ford resigned as U.S. ambassador to Syria earlier this year. He tells NPR's Robert Siegel that it became impossible for him to defend the Obama administration's policies in the country.

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'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In her new book, Nell Bernstein says America's juvenile justice system is overdue for reform. Time in jail as a child or teen, she says, is the best predictor of adult criminality and incarceration.

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Bob Mould's Beautiful, Ruinous Life In Punk

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

With Hüsker Dü, Mould helped invent alt-rock, and he's kept innovating ever since. "For so many years, I ran away from my own sound," he says. At 53, he's caught up to himself.

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From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English'

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A new book looks at words that self-appointed linguistic police have declared contraband, like "lunch," which should be a verb, and "balding," a participle formed from an adjective instead of a verb.

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'The Director' Offers A Glimpse Into The Digital Underground

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Veteran reporter David Ignatius' new novel explores the sometimes dangerous intersection between hacker culture and the world of intelligence — and offers a prescription for a new kind of agency.

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'How Not To Be Wrong' In Math Class? Add A Dose Of Skepticism

Monday, June 02, 2014

Professor Jordan Ellenberg gives students points for recognizing when they get a wrong answer, even if they can't figure out why. In his new book, he writes that good math is about good reasoning.

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Stray Bullets And Street Violence, 'Sadvertising,' And Meshell Ndegeocello

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Assessing the toll of stray bullets on American communities, how advertisers woo customers with tears and emotion, and a live performance and conversation with musician Meshell Ndegeocello.

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When A Bullet Misses Its Target, It Can Still Kill

Sunday, June 01, 2014

In places where bullets fly regularly, there's a new kind of "duck and cover" lesson for kids. The impact of stray bullets isn't widely studied, but their indiscriminate nature is known all too well.

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Meshell Ndegeocello Trades Songs And Stories, Live In L.A.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The bassist and songwriter gave a secret show in Los Angeles this weekend, and NPR's Arun Rath was there. Hear their conversation and selections from the concert.

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'Remember Me Like This': A Family Rebuilds In Tragedy's Aftermath

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Bret Anthony Johnston's novel starts with a boy being found years after he was kidnapped. Johnston wanted to explore the question, "How do you relate to each other after the worst has happened?"

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Tiananmen Survivor Looks Back At China's 'Lost Opportunity'

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Shen Tong was a 20-year-old biology student and an activist in Tiananmen Square 25 years ago when the government used deadly force to crush the massive protests.

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The Humble Knish: Chock-Full Of Carbs And History

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The knish is a classic Jewish comfort food — a pillow of dough filled with savory fillings like mashed potatoes. Author Laura Silver says the New York knish is also filled with stories.

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In Perfect Movie Music, Filling Space Is An Art

Sunday, June 01, 2014

If Brian Reitzell does his job right, you'll enjoy the movie you're watching a lot more — without knowing why. He speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about being a music supervisor for Hollywood films.

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Sad Men: How Advertisers Are Selling With Emotion

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Advertisers want to appeal to your heart, not your head. The rise of "sadvertising" may have you weeping (and buying products) for now, but the tears are likely to stop when the ads feel forced.

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What Is Courage?: 'Korengal' Breaks Down War In Afghanistan

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The documentary follows up on Sebastian Junger's Oscar-nominated film Restrepo. Junger says, "I'm hoping as the soldiers understand their experience better through this film, civilians will as well."

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How Dean Dillon Made It From Strumming To Stardom In Nashville

Saturday, May 31, 2014

When country songwriter Dean Dillon was 7, he got his first guitar: a tiger-striped Stella. He played at the county fair and mobile-home lots before setting out to take his chances in Nashville, Tenn.

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Techies, White House Take Part In National Day Of Civic Hacking

Friday, May 30, 2014

Techies and activists worldwide are gathering to create apps that work for the common good, from fixing potholes to stocking food banks.

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Once Forbidden, Books Become A Lifeline For A Young Migrant Worker

Friday, May 30, 2014

Growing up moving from farm to farm, Storm Reyes had to pack lightly. That meant no books. She felt hopeless about the future, until one day, a bookmobile appeared in the fields and changed her life.

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Drone Wars: Who Owns The Air?

Friday, May 30, 2014

There are lots of entrepreneurs who would love to build drone-based businesses. But right now, there's a battle over whether it's legal for drones to take to the sky.

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Post-Apocalyptic Picnics And Hollywood Steakhouses In Gabriel Kahane's LA

Friday, May 30, 2014

Though the composer and singer-songwriter wasn't raised in Los Angeles, The Ambassador feels like a musical tour of the city, right down to specific addresses used as song titles.

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