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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 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.? That question is at the center of the heated debate about tenure protections and who gets them.
 
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.
 

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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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Obits

Jun 16, 2014 — One listener remembers the voice of Casey Kasem speaking to a young, lonely music nerd of the future — one who regrets not getting a chance to say thank you, so this will have to do.
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May 13, 2014 — Chris Klimek remembers science-fiction designer H.R. Giger, who kept him sleeping with the lights on for many nights after producing some of the indelible and terrifying imagery of Alien.
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Mar 13, 2014 — Douglas was the voice of, among other things, the trailers of Con Air, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, and Lethal Weapon.
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Feb 4, 2014 — What do artists like Philip Seymour Hoffman owe us, after all? Do they owe us their art? Or is their art a gift — for as long we have it?
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Feb 3, 2014 — Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died Sunday, after a career in which he stepped back from both likeability and villainy to explore a different kind of connection with audiences.
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Jan 28, 2014 — Pete Seeger was an activist for many causes, but among them was a passionate belief in the importance and value of public singing.
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Jan 7, 2014 — The Hong Kong entertainment magnate and philanthropist Run Run Shaw, who died today at 106 or 107, isn't that well known in the West. But his fans, from Quentin Tarantino to the Wu-Tang Clan, sure are.
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Aug 9, 2013 — Karen Black parlayed her strange and singular allure into quirky character roles that in many ways captured the zeitgeist of the 1960s and '70s.
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Jun 3, 2013 — Susan Stamberg remembers an evening onstage with Jean Stapleton.
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Apr 8, 2013 — The Mouseketeer and bikini-musicals actress became a pop star and made a generation of boomer boys swoon. Later she faced multiple sclerosis with equanimity — and raised awareness and money in the process.
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