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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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Mar 15, 2012 — Mike Nichols, the cultural politics of Zumba, and a fond tip of the hat to the theatrical curtain call — this week in the best of NPR Arts.
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Mar 8, 2012 — This week: Uruguay's choral music, a Martin Luther King, Jr. misquote, and a huge box office haul.
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Mar 1, 2012 — This week: A pianist on the "jazz backbone," a drummer showing off the beat, and the tricky question of parsing works by Rihanna and Chris Brown.
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Feb 10, 2012 — This week: RuPaul, Don Cornelius, and a lost speech from Malcolm X.
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Jan 13, 2012 — This week: A band considers selling a highly coveted domain name, a world music master running for president of his home country, and a pop singer who got surprising attention for endorsing Ron Paul.
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Dec 23, 2011 — On this week's arts roundup: music interviews about communities, fathers, and the drama of winter.
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Dec 15, 2011 — On this week's arts and culture roundup: Remembering Harry Morgan, a thematic link between two very different movies, and how you keep your band going without an electric guitar.
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Dec 1, 2011 — This week's arts roundup brings you to some of the Oscar-friendly films out these days, from a Marilyn Monroe biopic to a silent film that's already gathering awards. All this, plus a visit with the Muppets.
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Nov 18, 2011 — Spotify, Ayn Rand, and Leonardo DiCaprio, on this week's arts and culture podcast.
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Oct 27, 2011 — On this week's arts and culture podcast: Amy Poehler talks about playing politics, we consider the art of the brand, and we hear alt-rock in English and Spanish.
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