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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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Sep 16, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Stephen Tobolowski recalls his time as a character actor, Walter Stahr profiles Lincoln's adviser, David Byrne relates his ideas on music and Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson investigate failing states. In fiction, Attica Locke weaves a murder mystery in the Deep South.
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May 5, 2011 — Many believe that one of the biggest challenges poor people face is hunger, but economist Abhijit Banerjee argues that the economics of poverty are often much more nuanced. Banerjee looks at how poor people make economic decisions in his book, Poor Economics.
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May 17, 2010 — U.S. corporations face a growing threat from countries where governments control big multinational corporations and use them for political gain, author Ian Bremmer says. In China, for example, U.S. firms compete against government-backed domestic auto and aircraft manufacturers.
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Oct 12, 2006Literature from the "Axis of Evil,", gathers short stories and poems from countries that once received that label from President Bush — Iraq, North Korea and Iran. A CD picks up a similar theme, using lullabies from nations considered U.S. enemies.
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Oct 5, 2006 — The world economy has created a new class of global engineers. AnnaLee Saxenian, the dean of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, has written a new book about this group. Deborah Amos talks to her about The New Argonauts.
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May 20, 2005 — More than a billion people live in extreme poverty, plagued by diseases such as AIDS and malaria, and without enough fresh water to drink or food to eat. Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Lester Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute, tell Ira Flatow about meeting the needs of a growing population.Can science and technology play a role?
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