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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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Jun 7, 2013 At No. 15, In the Garden of Beasts tells the story of America's ambassador to Hitler's Germany.
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Dec 28, 2012 — At No. 4, Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts studies a U.S. ambassador living in Nazi Germany.
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May 17, 2012 — Erik Larson tells the story of an American family in Hitler's Berlin in In the Garden Of Beasts.
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May 9, 2012 — It's a rich week for fiction, with new novels from Ann Patchett and Jennifer Weiner, and a debut by Chad Harbach that marries a literary sensibility with a love of baseball — plus Jorie Graham's new poetry collection. In nonfiction, Erik Larson is back with the story of an American ambassador in Germany in 1933.
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May 4, 2012 — William Dodd served for four years as the ambassador to Germany before resigning — after repeated clashes with both Nazi Party officials and the State Department. Erik Larson chronicles Dodd's time in Berlin in his new book, In the Garden of Beasts.
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Dec 29, 2011In The Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin chronicles the U.S. ambassador William Dodd's attempts to warn the U.S. of the growing threat that the Nazi Party posed.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer by Garry Wills. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jun 11, 2011 — Author Robert Lifton has confronted some of the most appalling historical episodes of the mid-20th century, from Chinese mind control to the psychology of Nazi doctors. In his new memoir, Witness to an Extreme Century, he talks about why he still has faith in humankind.
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Jun 2, 2011 — When book critic Maureen Corrigan was a kid, her family would pile into the car for trips to sites of historical interest. For Corrigan, summer has always been the season for traveling back to a bygone age — either by hitting the road or hitting the books.
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