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From Syria to Iraq, Ukraine, Liberia and even Ferguson, Missouri, the summer of 2014 has been full of terrible news. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Harvard's Steven Pinker to try to answer the question: Is the world getting more messy?
The release of the Ray Rice video was not the first time TMZ has jolted the media world with raw videos or primary-source documents demonstrating celebrity wrong-doing. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen. deputy editor Eugene Robinson talks with NPR's Arun Rath about his past experiences with performance enhancing drugs and "the dark side" of steroids.
The White House, Pentagon and the State Department all call the group ISIL, while many news organizations refer to the group as ISIS, and the group itself says it is simply the Islamic State.
California blue whales are rebounding to historic levels, after whaling hammered the population, according to a new study out of the University of Washington. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Trevor Branch, co-author of the study.
Sample was a founder of the band the Jazz Crusaders and reportedly played with musicians from Miles Davis and B.B. King to Steely Dan and the Supremes. NPR's Arun Rath has this remembrance.