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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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The Political Junkie

Mar 14, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie recaps the week in politics, and the fate of medical students on 'Match Day'. In the second hour, the day animals escaped in Zanesville Ohio, and efforts to end violence in Syria.
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Mar 7, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, a post-Super Tuesday edition of the political junkie. In the second hour, caring for aging inmates in overcrowded prisons, and protecting yourself against cell phone hackers.
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Feb 29, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie recaps the week in politics, and author Sandra Tsing Loh talks about caring for her aging father. In the second hour, the U.S. and Afghanistan, and the link between politics and gas prices.
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Feb 22, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie, and the backlash against red-light and speed cameras. In the second hour, weighing the truth on Wikipedia, and the Oscar nominated documentary, Undefeated.
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Feb 15, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie recaps the week in politics, and Chinese vice president Xi Jinping's visit to Iowa. In the second hour, the challenges of counseling across cultures, and the growing conflict over Iran's nuclear program.
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Feb 8, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie and the results of Tuesday's caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado, and keeping your resume out of oblivion. In the second hour, what it means to be a conservative, and how we mourn in the digital age.
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Feb 1, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie recaps the week in politics, and Washington Governor Christine Gregoire talks about her support of same-sex marriage. In the second hour, the future of segregation, SPIN magazine's music review experiment, and remembering Don Cornelius.
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Jan 25, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie looks ahead to the Florida primary and recaps the week in politics. In the second hour, the future of U.S. space exploration and Florida's Space Coast, and examining the problem of prescription drug abuse.
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Jan 18, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie recaps the week in politics, and a documentary about the lives of the West Memphis Three. In the second hour, the affects of autism on love and relationships.
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Jan 11, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie looks at the New Hampshire primary results. In the second hour, author William Shawcross talks about his book, Justice and the Enemy, and the latest developments in Ethiopia and Somalia.
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