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The Two-Way
10:44 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Near Besieged Iraqi Town

American forces have carried out airstrikes near the Iraqi town of Amerli, which has been under siege by Islamic militants for more than two months, multiple news outlets are reporting.

U.S., British, French and Australian aircraft also made aid drops to the area, where residents have been desperately short on food and without clean water for weeks.

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Goats and Soda
6:01 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Liberia's Ebola Routine: Wear Your Temperature On Your Lapel

Body collectors come to the home of four children in Monrovia who lost both parents to Ebola.
Tommy Trenchard for NPR

After 10 days in Liberia, NPR producer Nicole Beemsterboer has just landed in London. "You don't realize how much has been hanging over your head until you're out," she says.

She's talking about Ebola, the virus raging in Liberia as well as Sierra Leone and Guinea. "It was silent and invisible," she says. "So you're always on edge, always careful."

How did you protect yourself?

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Author Interviews
5:48 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

The Other Rock History

Singer Ian Curtis on stage in 1980 with Joy Division, whose song "Transmission" is among those explored in Greil Marcus' book The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs.
Rob Verhorst Redferns

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 7:43 pm

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Animals
5:37 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark

Discovery Channel identifies the shark in this promotional image as the "Shark of Darkness." And in the "documentary" by that name, supposed scientists describe how this monster "submarine" shark is over 30 feet long. But submarine sharks aren't real, and the documentary is fake — an important fact critics say is easy to miss.
Chris Fallows Discovery Channel

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 7:22 pm

This summer's Shark Week on the Discovery Channel was the highest-rated in the special's 27-year history. But that success has also brought complaints.

The network has been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with "documentaries" that advance dubious theories — or are entirely fake. Discovery Channel has aired specials about everything from mythical monster sharks in Louisiana's rivers to long-extinct Megalodons supposedly still swimming the seas.

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U.S.
4:29 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

One Woman's Lessons From Living On The Street

Susan sits on a park bench in Washington, D.C. She has struggled with homelessness for nearly two decades.
Gabrielle Emanuel NPR

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 5:37 pm

The grass is fraying around the edges in Washington, D.C.'s Franklin Square Park, but the trees are more important. They offer much-appreciated shade to the homeless people who sit below.

Many of the park benches are occupied by homeless men — but there are a few women too. Susan, sitting amid her bags in the park's northwest corner, is one of them. She's been on and off the streets of Washington since 1995 and asked that her last name not be used because she was in an abusive relationship and doesn't want her whereabouts known.

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Sports
4:29 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Len Elmore: Black Athletes Need To Speak Out About Ferguson

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 7:00 pm

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Europe
4:29 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Despite Quiet, Ukraine's Novoazovsk Still Feels Like A War Zone

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 5:37 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath. In Brussels today, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned that the months-long conflict with Russia could broaden.

(SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE)

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Europe
4:29 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Sanctions Against Russia Have Failed To Achieve Political Goals

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 5:37 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

For more on a possible diplomatic solution in Ukraine, we turn to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Steven Pifer. Welcome to the program.

STEVEN PIFER: Thank you for having me.

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Middle East
4:29 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Saavy PR Campaign Has Lured Many To Fight In Syria's Civil War

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 5:37 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:29 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

New GoPro Camera Harness Captures Dog's-Eye View

The GoPro Fetch can fit dogs as small as 15 pounds and as large as 120 pounds.
GoPro

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 5:37 pm

There are few things more popular on YouTube than a good pet video.

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