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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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Beginnings: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Beyond

Aug 12, 2011 — Some Manhattanites spend $20,000 or $30,000 a year sending their children to preschool. And because competition for those slots is fierce, the preschool interview sets parents on edge. Here are some do's and don'ts — not only for your toddler, but also for you — to ace the interviews.
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Aug 12, 2011 — If you want adults to have jobs, the best time to train them is when they're 3 years old, an economist says.
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Aug 11, 2011 — Grandmothers in this West African nation have traditionally passed on health education and childbirth tips to the pregnant women. Now, health care workers are coming to communities to teach the elders modern medicine and discuss topics like breast-feeding — so there isn't conflict when the baby arrives.
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Aug 10, 2011 — According to a new government survey, Pakistan is producing nearly 4 million babies every year, and most are born into poverty. Conservative clerics tell Muslims that the Quran instructs women to bear as many babies as possible. But some families aren't so sure.
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Aug 9, 2011 — To tap into the hushed discussions about day care that take place alongside soccer fields or among trusted friends, All Things Considered co-host Michele Norris assembled a group of middle-class parents. And some have advice: Be flexible and start thinking about it before you get pregnant.
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Aug 8, 2011 — Maternity and paternity leave policies around the world vary, but most countries do pay for a portion if not all of the leave. Some of the most generous parental leave laws in the world are in Sweden, and dads seem happy.
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Aug 8, 2011 — Sweden and Norway have among the best parental leave in the world, while Tunisia only gives women 30 days to recover from childbirth. See how the countries stack up in terms of how much time and compensation they give mothers.
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Aug 8, 2011 — A group of parents (and one grandparent) gathered at NPR's headquarters to talk with Michele Norris about the logistical and emotional challenges of child care.
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Aug 5, 2011 — Today, some young people in Bolivia have mixed feelings about carrying their babies in traditional bundles, known as aguayos. They want to be considered more Western, or "modern," and would rather push strollers. But it's causing tension with their mothers, who say they're abandoning indigenous tradition.
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Aug 1, 2011 — Nearly 1 in 7 new mothers in the U.S. have a prolonged period of overwhelming depression or anxiety after giving birth. This postpartum depression occurs in the developing world, too. But psychiatrists say it's hard to get doctors interested in treating it. Many are not trained for it, and insurance companies often don't reimburse for it.
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