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11:14am

Sat August 16, 2014
Europe

Aid Is On The Way For Eastern Ukraine, If Only It Can Pass The Checkpoints

An aid worker takes a break on a big pile of food, which was brought to the small eastern Ukrainian city of Starobilsk by a humanitarian convoy.
Anatolii Stepanov AFP/Getty Images

A simple car ride across eastern Ukraine reveals just how much of the vast agricultural and industrial region Ukrainian authorities have wrested back from pro-Russian separatists.

The evidence lies right outside the car window. Towns and villages that as recently as a few weeks ago displayed Russian and rebel flags on every conceivable surface now bear only the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag. Scattered cinder blocks are about all that's left of most rebel-held checkpoints, where the occasionally drunk separatist guards hassled, beat and detained Western journalists.

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6:05am

Sat August 16, 2014
Author Interviews

An Unlikely Psychologist-Patient Friendship Unfolds In 'The Story Hour'

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 6:28 am

Thrity Umrigar has authored six novels and is a professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.
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The Story Hour explores an unlikely — and medically unethical — friendship between a psychologist and a patient. "It's a bit of a mystical connection," novelist Thrity Umrigar tells NPR's Scott Simon.

Lakshmi is stuck in a loveless marriage. She works for her husband, whom she loathes, in a small restaurant. Dr. Maggie Bose takes Lakshmi on as a patient, but soon decides her patient doesn't need a shrink — she needs an escape.

Umrigar is the author of five previous novels, including Bombay Time and The Space Between Us.

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6:05am

Sat August 16, 2014
Simon Says

Remembering The Highs And Lows Of Robin Williams

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 12:37 pm

Actor Robin Williams, when he was Mork, in April 1978.
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Why can't some of the people who seem to bring the most joy into this world find it for themselves?

The death of Robin Williams, by his own hand, in his own home, possibly after he learned he was in the early stages of Parkinson's, caused a lot of people to ask that question this week.

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6:05am

Sat August 16, 2014
Code Switch

Summer Camp In State Prison: A Chance To Bond With Dad

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 11:56 am

Hope House campers wear tie-dye shirts they made to the last day of camp at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md.
Shereen Marisol Meraji NPR

On the list of activities for this summer camp: visiting Dad in a maximum security prison. The nonprofit group Hope House runs three camps to keep children connected with incarcerated dads who might not be close to home.

There are also plenty of arts and crafts, mosquito repellent and campfire songs.

Carol Fennelly founded Hope House in 1998, after a Washington, D.C.-area prison was closed, sending thousands of inmates to far-flung institutions. That made it difficult, and sometimes impossible, for relatives to visit.

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6:05am

Sat August 16, 2014
Author Interviews

Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 12:46 pm

Lois Lowry says she didn't think of The Giver as "futuristic or dystopian or science fiction or fantasy" — it was just a story about a kid making sense of a complicated world.
Matt McKee Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Just for a second, imagine a world without war, conflict or grief. Refreshing, right? But it's also a world without memory, at least in the premise of Lois Lowry's 1993 novel The Giver. The movie adaptation opened this week and stars Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.

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