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August 22, 2014 | NPR · The standoff between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine has raised the specter of a new Cold War. David Greene talks to Julie Ioffe, of the New Republic, about what Russia's next move may be in Ukraine.
 
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August 22, 2014 | NPR · Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."
 
August 22, 2014 | NPR · Census Bureau data show a wider gap between rich and poor. Kelly McEvers explores this with economist Enrico Moretti of the University of California-Berkeley, author of The New Geography of Jobs.
 

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · It's been another rough August for President Obama. He's wrapping up a summer vacation marred by events in Ferguson, Mo., and the murder of an American journalist in the Middle East.
 
August 22, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Reihan Salam of The National Review, discuss the killing of American journalist James Foley and the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo.
 
August 22, 2014 | NPR · The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.
 

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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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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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Jul 13, 2014 — The endless debate over the relationship between science and religion in the United States ignores the thinking of much of the rest of the world, says commentator Adam Frank.
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Apr 18, 2014 — In a new paper, biologists suggest that religion evolved in our prehistoric past through processes by which serving one's family and larger social group become synonymous with serving God.
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Apr 15, 2014 — The human experience of sacredness transcends debates about atheism and religion, says astrophysicist Adam Frank. So where does the sacred live and what does it point to?
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Feb 19, 2014 — The whole debate between science and religion is hitched to the wrong tree, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. Common ground exists: each is a manifestation of humanity's attraction to the mysterious.
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Feb 10, 2014 — Last week's debate on evolution vs. creation attracted millions of viewers. Commentator Tania Lombrozo takes on Ken Ham's assumptions about science and belief.
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Dec 13, 2013 — An article by our fellow blogger Tania Lombrozo is named one of the best published in the Boston Review this year! Congratulations, Tania!
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Nov 13, 2013 — A chance encounter forces commentator Marcelo Gleiser to reconsider his view of the relationship between science and religion. It's a life-changing experience that has driven him to dedicate his life to spreading the gospel of science education.
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Sep 23, 2013 — People get worked up about this question because something about the relationship between science and religion seems to be at stake. Commentator Tania Lombrozo maps out the possible answers before turning the tables on this seemingly intractable argument.
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Sep 16, 2013 — According to recent work in decision theory and philosophy, faith can be rational. Sometimes. Commentator Tania Lombrozo delves into recent academic arguments about faith and sees it as a way forward for open and civil discussions between people who put their trust in reason and people who put their trust in religion.
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