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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 | KERA · After caring for Ebola patients for several months in West Africa, Dr. Kent Brantly noticed last week that he had symptoms. The 33-year-old immediately put himself into a Liberian isolation ward.
 
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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Sep 30, 2013 — A new study finds that context determines whether women are more or less likely to succumb to bribery. Commentator Tania Lombrozo looks at the research and wonders what it says about a Mexican experiment aiming to reduce corruption among traffic cops.
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Jan 8, 2013 — As I venture into new fields (like thinking about physics and cities) I become more astonished at Big Data's capacity for revolutionizing the way human beings organize themselves for better or for worse.
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Nov 14, 2012 — Human-machine integration looms on the horizon, with a promise to redefine who we are as people. Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil is an apostle of the coming Singularity, a time when it is envisioned that technology will advance to the point that life is redefined as something other than what we know and experience today.
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Nov 5, 2012 — What does one vote matter, your vote? Clearly the election is not going to turn on your individual action. So where does the motivation come from to get up out of your chair and head to the polling station? Commentator Tania Lombrozo digs into the psychology of our decision to vote, or not.
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Nov 4, 2012 — Responding to a published profile of girls ages 12 and 10 who run long distances, commentator Barbara J. King considers the costs and benefits to children of intense participation in athletics. In an age when childhood obesity is a serious issue, can we help our kids find a right balance?
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Nov 2, 2012 — Americans haven't been scared of climate change. At least not until Sandy. How will fear make itself felt as we move forward, seek solutions, and raise our children? Commentator Alva NoŽ asks if this is a turning point for the United States.
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Oct 28, 2012 — This year, Americans saw a strangely warm winter, a ridiculously hot summer and extreme drought conditions. As Hurricane Sandy advances on the East Coast, folks may be wondering if climate change has come to pass. Let's see what science can tell us.
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Oct 26, 2012 — Can those of us caught in the red-blue divide learn something from political animals? At the 30-year anniversary of primatologist Frans de Waal's Chimpanzee Politics, commentator Barbara J. King looks back at the book and applies its messages to the current election season.
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Oct 23, 2012 — There are lots of lines of evidence telling us our current model for cities is unsustainable. Does that mean cities themselves are the problem and we should all move back to the farm?
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Oct 9, 2012 — The vast web of geometries traced out in light shows you cities as a kind of infestation. They're like living networks spreading across the planet.
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