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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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Jul 9, 2014 — We don't have all the answers; many big questions hang over the world of theoretical physics. Is this business as usual? Or symptom of a major crisis in our understanding of nature?
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Jun 20, 2014 — The World Cup is on, a festival of amazing teamwork and theatric tribalism. Billions of humans love soccer. Are games a mark of intelligence, something we should expect to find across the cosmos?
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Mar 26, 2014 — Scientists last week revealed evidence of gravitational waves from the very beginning of the universe. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser asks: Are we closer to understanding creation itself?
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Mar 17, 2014 — The very first moments of the universe hold secrets we'd very much like to know. Commentator Adam Frank says news today takes us a step closer to understanding the origins of the cosmos.
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Feb 4, 2014 — When did it first become possible for life (as we know it) to appear in the cosmos? The answer seems obvious now. But it arrived, unexpectedly, in the shower. It's a story that tells us a lot about how creativity works in science.
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Dec 18, 2013 — What was there before the universe began? It's not a question we can really answer with the science we have at hand, says commentator and physicist Marcelo Gleiser.
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Nov 20, 2013 — Life on Earth is connected to the stars in ways we couldn't imagine a thousand years ago. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser says the journey to understanding our relationship with the cosmos has transformed how we see ourselves and all that surrounds us.
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Nov 6, 2013 — The hunt for dark matter started in the 1930s and shows no signs of ending any time soon. But physicist Marcelo Gleiser says our inability to pin down this key component to reality only makes it more alluring.
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Oct 29, 2013 — Carl Sagan, an astronomer with the soul of a poet, liked to remind us that we were all made of "star stuff." It was, without a doubt, one of his most beautiful images. Astrophysicist Adam Frank says it's not just an abstract concept; you can reach out and feel it in the space dirt covering your ride.
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Oct 22, 2013 — Science is radical and conservative at the same time, almost as if it exists in a quantum state. Commentator and astrophysicist Adam Frank says this is the tension at play today as his community struggles with whether to keep faith in the laws that determine the one universe we see or jump ship for the promise of the multiverse.
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