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"It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle."

—John Hoyer Updike (b. 1932) American writer, Rabbit, Run, Rabbit at Rest

 

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Nashville To African-Americans: Join Your Police Dept.!  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:32:36 -0400
In the wake of the protests in Ferguson, law enforcement officials around the country are asking: "How can we lay the groundwork for peaceful collaborations between police and citizens?" 
Educators Say Students Need To Talk About Ferguson  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:32:36 -0400
As children begin to return to school, we reached out to ask administrators and teachers, "How do you teach Ferguson?" 
Budget Cuts Threaten A Unique Alabama Prison Education Program  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:37:28 -0400
The state has some of the country's most overcrowded — and troubled — prisons. Alabama is also home to a thriving life skills program that prison officials are fighting to save from budget slashes. 
In New York And Ferguson, Two Deaths, Two Different Responses  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:51:00 -0400
The death of Eric Garner, like the shooting of Michael Brown, sparked protests. But the reaction in New York has been entirely peaceful, thanks partly to quick responses by police and civic officials. 
Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:25:00 -0400
As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there. 
In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades'  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:43:00 -0400
As attitudes toward homosexuality shift in the U.S., many gay men say that's created not just more legal freedoms but also greater freedom to express their gender identities. 
Sending A Message About Drug Use With A Fake Graveyard  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:26:00 -0400
Heroin and prescription drug overdoses are the scourge of some American suburbs. Advocacy groups are trying to raise awareness of the problem with a traveling display of headstones. 
Week In Politics: James Foley And Ferguson  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:06:29 -0400
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. 
With Initial U.S. Airstrikes A Success, Will They Expand?  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:06:00 -0400
The U.S. continues to mount airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, but some analysts say the campaign is not broad enough. 
California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:32:00 -0400
Nobody knew how people in Southern California were getting infected with the life-threatening fungus C. gattii. A 13-year-old helped figure out the source: three types of trees. 
White House: Islamic State Has 'Gained Capacity' In Recent Months  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:56:00 -0400
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the beheading of American journalist James Foley is tantamount to an act of terror against the U.S. 
First Rule Of This Fight Club: You Must Be A Veteran  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:33:00 -0400
There are countless programs to help veterans readjust to civilian life. One of the most unusual is in San Diego, where vets get together in a caged boxing ring and punch each other in the face. 
'More That Could Have Been Done' To Help Foley, His Brother Says  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:53:00 -0400
Faulting the U.S. approach to hostage situations like the one his brother, James Foley, was in, Michael Foley says, "We are sitting on prisoners in Guantanamo. It doesn't even have to be financial." 
Chinese Fighter Buzzed U.S. Navy Plane In 'Dangerous Intercept'  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:40:00 -0400
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the Chinese warplane made several close passes by an American P-8 Poseidon, doing a barrel roll and flying wingtip to wingtip in an "aggressive" manner. 
Coming Soon To A Pole Near You: A Bike That Locks Itself  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:11:00 -0400
Cyclists may soon have a convenient way to discourage bike thieves, thanks to new designs that use parts of the bikes themselves as locks. 
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National News From NPR
Nashville To African-Americans: Join Your Police Dept.!  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:32:36 -0400
Educators Say Students Need To Talk About Ferguson  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:32:36 -0400
Budget Cuts Threaten A Unique Alabama Prison Education Program  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:37:28 -0400
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