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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 · 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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Jul 24, 2014 — Get your comic fix this week with Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds and The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. Both books take up the idea of re-writing the past — but in very different ways.
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Jul 15, 2014 — A new graphic novel written by Gene Luen Yang re-imagines the Green Turtle, a mysterious superhero created during World War II, as the American-born son of Chinese immigrants.
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Dec 4, 2013 — NPR staff and critics selected more than 200 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to search through books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.
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Jan 15, 2013 — Dav Pilkey has just released his 10th Captain Underpants book. The series, packed with potty humor and goofy illustrations, delights reluctant readers and horrifies many grown-ups. Pilkey says he wanted to create books that would appeal even to readers who struggle, the way he did as a child.
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May 25, 2012 — Not sure what to read? NPR's Susan Stamberg asked three booksellers to share their top five picks for the books you shouldn't miss — tales of con artists, grade-school spies, refugees and ranchers.
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Sep 25, 2011 — Awesome Man is, well, "basically awesome," as he puts it. He can fly as high as a satellite and shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs. And he's the star of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon's new kids' book. Chabon says superheroes let kids hope for a day they might fly.
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Sep 23, 2011 — Read an excerpt from Michael Chabon's The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.
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Aug 14, 2011 — Bounding tall buildings but grounded in the times, superheroes provide a snapshot of human anxiety and aspiration. Comic book writer Grant Morrison discusses the human side of the superhuman in his new book, Supergods.
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Aug 10, 2011 — Comic book writer Grant Morrison offers up a treat of a treatise on what superheroes represent: A trippy, hyperarticulate and occasionally pointed cultural history of the spandex set.
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Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human by Grant Morrison. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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