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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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Aug 18, 2013 — Every new generation of immigrants must meet the age-old challenges of building a new home — assimilation and conformity, old habits and new cultures, adjustment and isolation. Author Helene Wecker shares with us three books that explore the complexities of life on foreign shores.
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Mar 1, 2013 — At No. 8, Madeleine Albright's Prague Winter recounts her childhood in Czechoslovakia.
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Sep 30, 2012 — Susan Isaacs' latest novel revolves around Gloria Garrison, a 79-year-old CEO with a multimillion-dollar makeover business. Isaacs says her female characters don't need to be likable, but they should "fight for something beyond themselves."
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May 9, 2012 — Daily Beast and Newsweek editor Tina Brown explores the character and experiences of political resisters in modern Russia and in World War II-era Czechoslovakia.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Plot Against America by Philip Roth. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Crossing California by Adam Langer. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jun 2, 2006 — Matt Tannenbaum of The Bookstore in Lenox, Mass., recommends Crossing California by Adam Langer in his conversation about summer reading with Susan Stamberg on Morning Edition. "As a widowed man raising two teenage girls myself," Tannenbaum says, "I can attest to the accuracy of the emotional truths Langer portrays."
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Nov 1, 2005 — "I was incredibly moved by descriptions of deep patriotism and love of this country's ideals," writes NPR.org visitor Adrian of Roth's 2004 novel.
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Jun 7, 2005 — Melissa Bank, author of The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, offers the story of Sophie Applebaum from girlhood to womanhood in this summer pick from critic Alan Cheuse.
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Mar 12, 2005 — When Scott Simon got in the back of Will Grozier's London taxi, the conversation was so lively that Simon still turns to him for reading suggestions. Grozier offers a list of what he's been reading lately.
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