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Do America's Military Bases Abroad Help Or Hinder Global Security?

NPR | Aug. 25, 2015 6:47 a.m.

David Vine's new book argues that the hundreds of U.S. bases in other countries come at a high cost, both at home and abroad. He suggests reducing such bases and increasing diplomatic engagement.

Books | World

Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes New Readers

NPR | Aug. 24, 2015 10:45 a.m.

The Jaffna Library once held irreplaceable, ancient manuscripts, lost when it was torched in 1981. Fully restored, the beloved landmark today is filled with readers.

Arts | Books | Business | Economy | Technology

How Close Are We Really To A Robot-Run Society?

NPR | Aug. 20, 2015 4:06 p.m.

From self-driving cars to automated warehouses, humans are being pushed out of the equation. Soon, robots will "do a million other things we can't even conceive of," author John Markoff says.

Arts | Books | Nation

Walter Mosley: Watts Riots 'Paved The Way For A Lot Of Change'

NPR | Aug. 14, 2015 6:44 a.m.

The author, whose "Easy Rawlins" mystery novels are largely set in Watts, looks back 50 years ago to the night when the neighborhood first went up in flames.

Arts | Books | Parents | local

Mural Will Bring Author Ken Kesey's Image To Downtown Springfield

The Register Guard | Aug. 13, 2015 9:28 a.m.

A large mural of Lane County author Ken Kesey will be painted in downtown Springfield Aug. 23-27, capping a months long process of planning and designing the taxpayer-funded project.

Books | Nation | Elections

Block The Vote: A Journalist Discusses Voting Rights And Restrictions

NPR | Aug. 10, 2015 12:37 p.m.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed racial discrimination in voting. But author Ari Berman says a 2013 Supreme Court ruling blocks the act's enforcement — and opens the door for new restrictions.

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Shall I Compare Thee To An Algorithm? Turing Test Gets A Creative Twist

NPR | Aug. 10, 2015 10:05 a.m.

Can a computer program craft passable prose — something readers can't distinguish from human-authored stuff? How about poetry, or dance mixes? New contests pose those challenges.

Books | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Exploring The 'Wild And Haunting World Of Dolphins'

NPR | Aug. 4, 2015 1:28 p.m.

In her new book, Voices in the Ocean, Susan Casey describes the life of dolphins and details some new threats the animals face, such as organized dolphin kills and man-made sounds in the ocean.

Arts | Books | Food | Nation

Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet

NPR | Aug. 3, 2015 8:40 a.m.

Many of the processed foods that we eat — and the way they're made — were invented not for us, but for soldiers, says the author of the new book Combat-Ready Kitchen.

Books | News | local | NW Life

2 Brothers Take 21st Century Oregon Trail Journey

OPB | Aug. 3, 2015 6 a.m. | Portland

Several years ago, author Rinker Buck left his job, bought a covered wagon and some mules, and rode the length of the Oregon Trail with his brother.