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Joining ISIS: It's Not Always For Reasons You Might Assume

Two ISIS fighters captured in Syria say they joined the militant group as a way to fight an oppressive regime. But it also provided friendship, and it didn't seem much more violent than other options.

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Song Of My Self-Help: Follow Walt Whitman's 'Manly Health' Tips (Or Maybe Don't)

In 1858, the poet published a series of advice columns — titled "Manly Health and Training" — in which he recommends wearing a beard, taking a cold bath every morning and avoiding condiments.

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A Cease-Fire In Name Alone

NPR's Scott Simon considers the breathtaking toll of the violence in Syria.

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A Cease-Fire In Name Alone
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Vignette Marcin Wasilewski
Diamonds and Pearls Marcin Wasilewski

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Up In Flames: Kenya Burns More Than 100 Tons Of Ivory
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Lie Alone Tony Furtado

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Let's Not Hug It Out With Our Dogs
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Martha My Dear The Beatles
Provincial Blues Jason Collett

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'Good Wife' Creators Say They Wanted To End The Show 'While It Was Still Good'
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In 'Long War,' Iraq And Afghanistan Vets And Refugees Tell Their Stories
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Fever to the Form Nick Mulvey
The Trells Nick Mulvey
Accidental Terrorist Ramtin Arablouei
In All Things the End Is Good Ramtin Arablouei

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Joining ISIS: It's Not Always For Reasons You Might Assume
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Electric Counterpoint III Valerie Milot

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Song Of My Self-Help: Follow Walt Whitman's 'Manly Health' Tips (Or Maybe Don't)
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Lay Down In the Tall Grass Timber Timbre
Brand Spankin' New Zony Mash

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DeLillo's 'Zero K' Freezes At The Edge Of Immortality
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Drume Negrita Ry Cooder & Manuel Galbán
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