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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.
 
August 19, 2014 | NPR · The actions in Ferguson, Mo., have inspired talk about the militarization of U.S. police departments. The real question, is whether police have become militarized in their attitude toward the public.
 
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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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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Aug 19, 2014 — Life as we know it is being threatened by everything from climate change to resource depletion. Commentator Adam Frank looks back at 1177 B.C. — and what we might learn from peoples past.
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Aug 18, 2014 — What can a near-encounter with poison hemlock tell us about childhood development and problems of induction? Commentator Tania Lombrozo explains.
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Aug 14, 2014 — Restorative for the spirit, hiking in the wild involves risks. Though commentator Barbara J. King's husband ran into trouble on the trail recently, she says increased public access is not the answer.
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Aug 13, 2014 — Life doesn't necessarily lead to intelligence. So, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser, the fact that we are thinking, molecular machines should mean something — and redefine the way we relate.
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Aug 12, 2014 — These two realms of life may seem like an odd couple. In the spirit of summer's lack of seriousness, astrophysicist Adam Frank reflects on the work of one band that has spent decades linking the two.
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Aug 11, 2014 — That moment when you first open Twitter. Commentator Tania Lombrozo takes a look at the language of social media.
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Aug 8, 2014 — Recent studies have given the field a bad rap as of late. Commentator Alva No says the problem is not with the idea of connoisseurship but with an underlying picture of how perception works.
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Aug 7, 2014 — Commentator Barbara J. King digs into whether there's merit to fears of contracting the virus in the U.S. — and into humans' natural tendency, under certain circumstances, to panic.
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Aug 5, 2014 — You've seen it in the movies: Somebody gets caught in space without a spacesuit and explodes. Or freezes. Or gets fried by radiation. But which is it? Astrophysicist Adam Frank weighs in.
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Aug 4, 2014 — Last week, The Onion declared psychology dead, hoisted by its own circularity. Psychologist Tania Lombrozo responds.
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