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As Ebola Outbreak Worsens, West Africa Turns To Quarantines

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:10pm

Leaders of the three African nations hit hardest by the Ebola virus met to discuss ways to fight the outbreak. With the situation deteriorating, it's likely more of the region will be quarantined.

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Sam Friend On 'Song Travels'

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:07pm

Friend shares his love of New Orleans "jass" by playing "Sweet Lorraine" on six-string banjo.

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Fresh Air Pays Tribute To James Brown, 'Godfather Of Funk'

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:04pm

James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In '80s and '90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.

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Sailing Through Space With 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'? Hilarious

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:04pm

The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.

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President Obama Slams Congress As He Welcomes Economy's Gains

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:03pm

Citing 6 months of strong job gains, President Obama says America's recovery from a debilitating recession is well underway. But he says the economy "could be doing even better" if Congress helped.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 31, 2014

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:03pm

In Thinking In Numbers, Daniel Tammet uses everyday examples to illustrate the way numbers and equations form the basis of our lives. It appears at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 31, 2014

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:03pm

In Jo Nesbo's 10th Harry Hole novel, Police, a killer targets police officers at the scenes of crimes they failed to solve. It appears at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 31, 2014

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:03pm

At No. 8, Marja Mills' The Mockingbird Next Door describes the author's experience living next door Harper Lee, the reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 31, 2014

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:03pm

In Daniel Silva's The Heist, an Israeli art restorer and spy searches for a stolen Caravaggio masterpiece. It appears at No. 3.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of July 31, 2014

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:03pm

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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A Note Of Appreciation And Farewell For Margaret Low Smith

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:01pm

Margaret Low Smith has spent the past three decades with NPR, first as a production assistant and lately as the leader of the network's news division. As she departs from the network, Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish offer a word of thanks.

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Out Of The Strings Of A Fiddle, The Melodies Of Cold, Craggy Isles

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:01pm

The Shetland Islands, a cluster of rocks in the North Sea, is an unusual place. Wealthy from offshore oil, Shetlanders are yet wedded to ancient traditions. And they play the fiddle like no one else.

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Why Nicaragua's Not In The Conversation About Central American Migrants

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:01pm

Ari Shapiro talks to Tim Rogers, founder of The Nicaragua Dispatch, about why Nicaragua is not a player in the child migrant crisis.

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