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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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Oct 8, 2010 — Guest blogger Jamila Bey recalls coming out to her family as an atheist and later finding comfort in others who share her views.
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Sep 29, 2010 — NPR's Lee Hill explores whether a recent Colorado interview with Eddie Long accuser Jamal Parris, secured by an Atlanta TV news station, crossed the line in hot pursuit of a story.
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Sep 27, 2010 — Guest blogger Malik Washington takes a critical look at sexuality and conflicted leadership in black church culture amid a gay sex scandal facing Atlanta-area megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long.
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Aug 26, 2010 — In the years after Hurricane Katrina, writer Malik Washington traveled to New Orleans to help the city's residents rebuild. He reflects on the lessons learned about the spirit of the Crescent City.
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Aug 5, 2010 — Writer Kai Wright says a judge's decision to overturn Proposition 8 is not about the way gay relationships affect other people, it's about the way bigotry affects gay relationships.
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Jul 7, 2010 — Guest blogger Lester K. Spence says the genre is more than just music. For him, it can be a form of therapy.
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Jun 23, 2010 — Guest blogger Sohini Baliga says it's hard not to wonder about the sincerity of someone who professes to being a Christian, but does so at a time when it could potentially be of value for his or her political ambitions.
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Apr 29, 2010 — Some activists are calling for a boycott in Arizona. Is immigration the next big civil rights issue?
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Feb 5, 2010 — Why would any woman stay married to a husband who cheated on her with another man?
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Jan 8, 2010 — In a way, religion in America is a lot like parenthood. We all demand a great level of respect and privacy about our own choices, but we seem way too ready to call out other people who we think are doing it wrong.
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