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July 29, 2014 | NPR · House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Washington Post reporter Liz Sly tells Renee Montagne that U.S. arms may be flowing to moderate Syrian rebels, but the aid seems to be too little too late to affect the course of the civil war.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.
 

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · Virologist Thomas Geisbert has spent decades studying Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers. He speaks to Audie Cornish about the current Ebola outbreak, the worst in history, and how it might be contained this time around.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · The Eid festival, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, serves as a time for visiting relatives and exchanging gifts. But one family's holiday in Gaza traces the death and displacement wrought by the war between Hamas and Israel.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · China has begun investigations into one of the country's senior politicians. Zhou Yongkang was a former domestic security chief, and he's suspected of "serious disciplinary violations."
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.
 

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The Future of Capitalism

Aug 3, 2009 — The global financial storm has spawned calls for economic reform —- especially in the United States. Experts see America's lightly regulated, dynamic style of capitalism moving toward a slower-growing, more stable model.
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Jul 14, 2009 — The No. 1 problem entrepreneurs face is getting enough money to fund their ideas. Attracting capital during the worst recession in decades is even tougher. So, entrepreneurs with big ideas are increasingly turning to the entity that's still spending: the federal government.
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Jul 8, 2009 — Should corporate directors have forestalled crisis in the financial sector? Critics are calling for stronger corporate governance and more financial expertise on boards of directors.
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Jul 6, 2009 — These days, almost anytime someone borrows money, the debt gets repackaged into a security that can be bought or sold like a stock. Critics say abuses in the securitization market helped bring the housing meltdown. Overhauling that industry is on the Obama administration's agenda.
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Jun 23, 2009 — The steps taken to prevent an economic collapse have challenged longstanding assumptions about the operation of modern free-market capitalism championed by Adam Smith, and the role of the government in the economy.
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