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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 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, 2014 — Batman keeps avenging the death of his parents, but "it's not a vendetta, it's a crusade," says author Glen Weldon. "He represents the idea of: 'This thing that happened to me? Never again.' "
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May 24, 2014X-Men: Days Of Future Past is a time-travel movie, but not only because of its plot. It's also an experiment in how to continue a franchise without the potential complications of starting over.
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May 2, 2014 — Our comics blogger, Glen Weldon, tees up all 57 of the offerings for this year's Free Comic Book Day and tells you which ones to try to lay your paws upon.
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Dec 9, 2013 — NPR comics blogger and pop-culture podcaster Glen Weldon has a few words for director Zack Snyder about the casting news that's gotten him in such hot water.
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Oct 15, 2013 — When you see a valuable comic locked up in a safe, it's fair to wonder whether it's really intended for people other than ardent fans to enjoy, or even to know about. But a new documentary airing on PBS uses superheroes to tell a larger tale of American popular entertainment.
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Jul 24, 2013 — Glen Weldon gets the stink eye from a legend of the comics industry, enjoys hijinks onstage, and has to pee in the middle of the ceremony.
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May 30, 2013 — Glen Weldon gives close attention to a story from what he calls "Superman: The Crazypants Years."
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May 28, 2013 — Dissatisfied with the scope and costs of the biggest fan convention in the country, one fan started a new gathering of her own, and she quickly brought some big names in to help out.
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May 6, 2013 — The latest Iron Man installment continues an argument begun in last summer's The Avengers about two very different kinds of American exceptionalism.
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May 1, 2013 — Our comics blogger rounds up a long list of comics you may be able to find for free this weekend at your local comics shop and tells you which ones might work best for you.
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