Peter Capaldi, left, and Jenna Coleman star as The Doctor and Clara Oswald on the BBC science fiction drama Doctor Who. Ray Burmiston (photographer)/Ali/BBC America hide caption

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Monkey See

TV's New Doctor Who Has An Old Connection To The Series

The BBC will soon air its first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the show's hero, The Doctor. Capaldi says the 50-year-old series inspired him to become an actor.

Saah Exco was found alone on a beach, naked and abandoned a few days ago. Neighbors were afraid to touch him; they were worried about Ebola. But someone did eventually take him to the Ebola ward at JFK hospital in Monrovia. NPR learned today that he died. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

The 10-Year-Old Boy Has Died, Probably Of Ebola

The photo showed a little boy. He was found naked on a beach in Liberia and was very sick. Many were deeply touched and hoped for a miracle.

GlobalPost co-founder and CEO Phil Balboni says what he'll remember about Foley (above) is the way he showed "such incredible courage" as his captors took his life. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Middle East

GlobalPost CEO Shares Details Of Fight To Save Foley

Journalist James Foley was held hostage in Syria for nearly two years before he was killed by his captors. GlobalPost co-founder Phil Balboni tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about efforts to win Foley's release.

Syrians inspect a site hit by what they said were airstrikes carried out by President Bashar Assad in the Eastern Ghouta area on Aug. 3. Assad's forces continue to besiege the area near Damascus, which is still controlled by rebels. Badra Mamet/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Parallels - World News

A Year Later, Syria's Chemical Weapons Are Gone, But Siege Remains

The Damascus suburb hit by a deadly chemical weapons attack a year ago remains surrounded by Syrian government forces who are still trying to squeeze the rebels out.

Duuuuuuude! Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson explore the whimsical fun of petty tyranny in Let's Be Cops. Frank Masi, SMPSP/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Monkey See

The Whimsical Fun Of Petty Tyranny (Hilarious, Right?)

The buddy comedy Let's Be Cops is atrociously timed, writes NPR's Linda Holmes: Two guys who feel powerless pretend to be police officers and discover that other people's blind obedience is intoxicating.

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., takes questions from the media in April during an appearance in Durham, N.C. Hagan has tried for her first 5 1/2 years in the U.S. Senate to persuade North Carolina voters that being in the middle of the road is a good thing. Gerry Broome/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Politics

Senate Control May Swing On North Carolina's Unpopularity Contest

Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan wants voters to punish her GOP challenger Thom Tillis, the speaker of the state House, for unpopular laws. Tillis wants to aim anger toward the president at Hagan.

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