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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 | KERA · After caring for Ebola patients for several months in West Africa, Dr. Kent Brantly noticed last week that he had symptoms. The 33-year-old immediately put himself into a Liberian isolation ward.
 
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.
 

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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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Jul 27, 2013 — Author and adventurer James Campbell and his 15-year-old daughter are spending the summer 130 miles above the Arctic Circle building a cabin. Guest host Linda Wertheimer reached them by satellite phone.
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Sep 6, 2010 — We close our summer job series with a story from listener Jeff Sands of Dorset, Vt. His most memorable summer job happened 16 years ago, when he was hitchhiking through Alaska. Needing money to get back home, he worked the games at a carnival in Fairbanks for nine days. We also hear a round-up of the summer jobs that made the All Things Considered staff the people they are today.
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Sep 2, 2010 — We hear the penultimate collection of summer job stories today, as our series winds down. NPR's Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' letters about their most memorable summer jobs, and then we hear from listener Ed Film, who talks about the important lesson he learned from two clowns. Ed spent one summer dressed as a life-sized toy soldier for FAO Schwarz.
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Aug 25, 2010 — NPR's Robert Siegel and Melissa Block hear two summer job stories this week, both about serving food in polyester uniforms. First, Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks talks about scooping ice cream in Dallas when she was a teenager. Then, listener Leslie DeLucia, of Urbana, Ill., takes us back to 1974 and the experience of being a 16-year-old worker at Kentucky Fried Chicken.
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Aug 18, 2010 — Today's summer job stories are about the moment young people turned into young capitalists. NPR's Robert Siegel reads a story from listener William Caldwell of Brentwood, Tenn., about how he earned $500 catching fireflies one summer. And listener Stacy Jackson of Denver recounts seizing opportunity at a gas line during the Arab oil embargo of 1973.
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Aug 12, 2010 — We've been hearing listeners' summer job stories all season long, and as the summer winds down, Melissa Block and Michele Norris hear John Hyduk of Cleveland tell his story, "Big Iron." Hyduk's avocation is writing, which he's supported over the years by working a number of blue-collar jobs in Cleveland. This story is about one of the first — a carman's helper with the Norfolk and Western railroad.
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Aug 3, 2010 — Factory work means you have to withstand being covered in starch and powdered sugar, and have your dreams haunted by thousands of Pillsbury Doughboys. In today's summer jobs stories, Melissa Block and Michele Norris hear from listeners about working the production lines in a gum factory and in a latex factory.
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Jul 28, 2010 — Examining cockroaches with rectal tumors, training would-be-spies, driving a hearse in Santa Barbara, and running the ball-picker at a golf course: just some of the odd-duck summer jobs Robert Siegel and Michele Norris hear about this week as our series continues.
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Jul 21, 2010 — Throughout the summer, we've been sharing listener stories about the summer jobs that influenced them the most. Today, we hear about working the night shift at an Atlantic City Expressway gas station, and about working on Truitt's Rolling Store — basically, a convenience store on wheels — in rural Alabama.
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Jul 7, 2010 — For our summer jobs series, listeners tell us about working as a fly picker in a jam factory, the hazards of canning pineapple, and why your low-end brand peas might have been high quality the summer of 1969.
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