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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.
 
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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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National characteristics, American

Sep 7, 2013 — Author Jesse Walker argues that believing in shadowy cabals and ominous secrets isn't just for people on the margins — it's as American as apple pie. He says that our nation's paranoia stretches back to the colonial era, and that some conspiracy theories are believed by a majority of Americans.
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May 22, 2012 — For years, the Tea Party has held individualism up as the great American value. But columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. says that Americans historically have prized communitarianism just as much. In Our Divided Political Heart, Dionne argues that America is at its best when it balances the two.
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Aug 11, 2011 — More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. Explore the winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey — an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of American Gods: A Novel by Neil Gaiman. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project by Dave Isay. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 11, 2011 — In his new book, Railroaded, historian Richard White examines the impact transcontinental train corporations had on business and politics at the end of the 19th century. Railroads establish "a kind of networking between politics and business that persists to this day," White says.
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May 23, 2011 — From 2007 to 2010, PBS's Bill Moyers Journal drew a loyal audience to its coverage of politics, public controversy and the arts. Now, in a new book, longtime host Bill Moyers shares memorable interviews from his third PBS show.
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Apr 24, 2011 — Washington, Jefferson and Adams may have planted the seeds of liberty in America, but a new book says they were also obsessed with nurturing tomatoes, beans and trees in lovingly tended gardens.
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Jun 16, 2010 — The Daily Beast editor-in-chief joins NPR's Steve Inskeep for another chat about the best reading she's been doing lately — books and articles about an iconic Depression-era photo, campaign promises and a country that has a way of flying too close to the sun.
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Apr 29, 2010 — There are plenty of online book clubs, but what about Twitter? Jeff Howe of Wired magazine is tweaking the One Book, One City phenomenon by trying to get millions of people to pick a novel and then discuss it on Twitter. Users voted, and soon they'll start reading the winner, Neil Gaiman's American Gods.
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