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August 19, 2014 | NPR · More than one week after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb, protests continue. On Monday night, police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse demonstrators.
 
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August 19, 2014 | KHN · Across the U.S., jails hold many more people with serious mental illness than state hospitals do. San Antonio is reweaving its safety net for the mentally ill — and saving $10 million annually.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · Dr. Joanne Liu of Doctors Without Borders says fear and a lack of sense of urgency has kept the international community in their home countries rather than stepping up to the plate in West Africa.
 
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August 19, 2014 | NPR · The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?
 
August 19, 2014 | NPR · Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Jul 28, 2014 — A man out of time, Pokey LaFarge never feels like a mere novelty act. His songs are too sturdy, with too much infectious energy. He performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, June 26.
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Aug 6, 2014 — The commanding singer named two of his three albums Water and Liquid Spirit. Appropriately, in his triumphant return to Newport, Porter projected his booming voice through day-long rain showers.
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Jul 28, 2014 — Former Crooked Still member Aoife O'Donovan's latest album, the lovely folk-pop Fossils, established her as a formidable solo artist. She performed at the Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 26.
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Jul 28, 2014 — A group with cinematic sweep hardwired into its sound, Band of Horses is tailor-made for outdoor performances. The group performed at the Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 25.
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Jul 28, 2014 — Equal parts rowdy and loving, the husband-and-wife duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst radiates knockabout charm. Shovels & rope performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 26.
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Aug 7, 2014 — The Puerto Rican tenor saxophonist joins a select international ensemble from one of jazz's top conservatories in a festival-opening performance of his own compositions.
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Aug 5, 2014 — With a sly salute to fellow composer and big-band leader Duke Ellington, Argue presents the U.S. premiere of a new 35-minute work. It joins other unrecorded tunes during Secret Society's Newport set.
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Aug 3, 2014 — Mavis Staples, whose titanic career spans the civil rights movement, Soul Train and solo work with Curtis Mayfield, Prince and Jeff Tweedy, closed the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.
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Aug 4, 2014 — Following a high-energy main stage set — filled with turbocharged versions of standards, rags and his own party anthems — the young pianist and singer brought his band out into the audience.
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Jul 28, 2014 — The trio of onetime child prodigies returned this year after a seven year hiatus with no loss of creativity or chops. Nickel Creek performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 26.
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