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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 29, 2014 | NPR · Virologist Thomas Geisbert has spent decades studying Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers. He speaks to Audie Cornish about the current Ebola outbreak, the worst in history, and how it might be contained this time around.
 
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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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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Alexander McCall Smith

Jun 2, 2011 — Sue Miller and Alexander McCall Smith deliver vivid character studies in their latest novels, while Christopher Hitchens reflects on his personal and political evolution, Rick Reilly jumps into some sports from hell, and Paul Greenberg takes a hard look at fish farming.
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Dec 9, 2010 — An amateur orchestra helps an English village transcend WWII in Alexander McCall Smith's latest novel, while in nonfiction, a popular ESPN columnist takes on the NBA, an English military historian revisits the Civil War, and a journalist confronts species loss around the world.
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Jul 15, 2010 — Alexander McCall Smith, author of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, carries on the grand old tradition of serialized novels in Corduroy Mansions. There's plenty of quirk and charm in this high-spirited, rambling tale about the inhabitants of a genteel, comfortably worn apartment block in London.
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Jan 12, 2010 — You might think of Alexander McCall Smith's new novel, La's Orchestra Saves the World, as a literary tea biscuit: sweet and easily digestible, says reviewer Heller McAlpin. The WWII-era story, set in rural England, tells the story of a new McCall Smith heroine, Lavender Stone.
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Sep 30, 2006 — Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books are international bestsellers. His new venture, the Sunday Philosophy Club series, stars a single, serious, inquisitive and adventurous character of a certain age named Isabel Dalhousie.
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Dec 14, 2004 — Reviewer Alan Cheuse offers his annual recommendations for holiday gift-giving. This year's list includes novels of travel on Earth and in space, new versions of tales from the Bible, Africa and Mesopotamia, and collections of poetry and song.
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Oct 3, 2004 — Mystery writer Alexander McCall Smith is most widely known for his popular The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. NPR's Sheilah Kast speaks to Smith about his newest novel, The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery. In the book, Smith introduces readers to a new sleuth who has an uncommon method for fighting crime.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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