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Weekly Review — July 29, 2014, 8:00 am

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The quixotic quest for a Gaza ceasefire; West African doctors face mortal peril; and Russian gecko porn, restored

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Weekly Review — June 17, 2014, 8:00 am

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ISIS launches a major offensive in Iraq, the 2014 World Cup begins, and Florida keeps on being Florida

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Weekly Review — April 29, 2014, 8:00 am

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The U.S. Supreme Court and L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling remark on race and opportunity, the FCC prepares to end net neutrality, and white supremacists propagandize children’s Easter eggs

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Weekly Review — March 25, 2014, 8:00 am

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Malaysia declares Flight 370 lost, the Westboro Baptist Church loses its patriarch, and Hawaiian police officers fight for their right to have on-duty sex with prostitutes

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Weekly Review — February 4, 2014, 8:00 am

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The president wants to raise the minimum wage, Pete Seeger and Philip Seymour Hoffman pass away, and a criminal is sentenced to Gladwell

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Weekly Review — December 24, 2013, 8:00 am

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More NSA surveillance targets are revealed, violence in South Sudan, and claims of U.S. virgin births

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Weekly Review — November 5, 2013, 8:00 am

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Syria finishes destroying its chemical-weapons facilities, the United States kills the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, and Axe body spray fells eight New York City students

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Weekly Review — September 24, 2013, 8:00 am

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Deadly terrorist attacks in Nairobi and Peshawar, House Republicans attempt to defund Obamacare, and a bookless library opens in San Antonio

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Weekly Review — August 20, 2013, 8:00 am

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“We are cautious,” said General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, “about every drop of Egyptian blood.”

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Weekly Review — July 16, 2013, 8:00 am

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Trayvon Martin’s killer is acquitted, Yasiin Bey is force fed, and Sweden gets disability-themed beer

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Weekly Review — May 21, 2013, 8:30 am

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Government power-drunkenness, space oddities, and anti-lesbian prejudice on the Isle of Man

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Weekly Review — April 23, 2013, 8:00 am

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A manhunt in Massachusetts, the Gitmo hunger strike grows, and the cause of earthquakes in Iran

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Weekly Review — February 12, 2013, 8:00 am

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Pope Benedict XVI retires, as does the world’s most prolific streaker

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