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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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Truthfulness and falsehood

Sep 18, 2013 — Author Leah Hager Cohen says it's time to stop faking your way through conversations. "Once you finally own up to what you don't know, then you can begin to have honest interactions with the people around you," she explains.
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Jun 17, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Irvine Welsh gives us a prequel to Trainspotting, and Regina O'Melveny tells the story of a 16th-century Renaissance woman. In nonfiction, Dan Ariely discovers what keeps us dishonest.
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Jun 4, 2012 — Behavioral economist Dan Ariely has found that very few people lie a lot, but a lot of people lie a little. He talks about his findings in his new book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie To Everyone — Especially Ourselves.
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May 16, 2011 — From her late-night talk show on E! television to her best-selling memoirs Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang and Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea to her brand-new publishing imprint, Chelsea Handler has created a brand that larger audiences are starting to trust.
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Apr 19, 2011 — Journalist James B. Stewart admits in his new book that lying isn't by any means new, but argues that "concerted, deliberate lying by a different class of criminal — sophisticated, educated, affluent ... threatens to swamp the legal system and undermine the prosecution of white-collar crime."
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Jan 22, 2011 — When is it all right for leaders to lie to other leaders, other nations — or their own? Political scientist John Mearsheimer poses the provocative question in his new book.
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Aug 4, 2009 — In his new book, The Liar In Your Life: The Way To Truthful Relationships, Robert Feldman explains how we lie, and why we've developed such a high tolerance for deception. Feldman is associate dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts. He's also a professor of psychology there.
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May 26, 2007 — As Washington politicians and spin doctors gear up for a new campaign season, the founders of FactCheck.org are offering a decoder ring for separating fact from disinformation in a new book, unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation.
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Jan 5, 2005 — A new biography tells the story of Dare Wright, whose popular Lonely Doll children's books reflected her own troubled childhood. Jean Nathan discusses Dare's life with NPR's Steve Inskeep.
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