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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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Christopher Hitchens

Apr 9, 2013 — Also: Christopher Hitchens on being spanked by the "Iron Lady"; Victoria Beale skewers Paulo Coelho; and Robert Silvers on the meaninglessness of the phrase "in terms of."
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Dec 16, 2011 — He was "the Cicero of the saloon bar" and a "polemicist who slashed all, freely, with wit," headline writers say. Hitchens died Thursday at the age of 62, after a long battle with cancer.
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Sep 20, 2010 — Pray for Hitchens Day
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Feb 19, 2009 — Outspoken columnist Christopher Hitchens is beaten up in Beirut.
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Aug 27, 2008 — As a relatively new U.S. citizen, Christopher Hitchens explains what this moment in American history means to him.
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Oct 23, 2007 — Christopher Hitchens illuminates Thomas Paine's Rights of Man.
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Oct 23, 2007 — On today's show, responding to hate, The Onion, Christopher Hitchens, the Holy Land Foundation trial, and your letters.
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Oct 18, 2007 — Wondering why you didn't hear Christopher Hitchens on Tuesday?
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Oct 17, 2007 — No guest? No problem.
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Oct 16, 2007 — Christopher Hitchens on Thomas Paine's Rights of Man
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