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August 1, 2014 | NPR · House Republicans are delaying their August recess, sticking around Washington to try passing a bill meant to address the border crisis. Democrats and President Obama have already voiced their opposition to the bill on the table.
 
August 1, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the beleaguered border bill in the House and the shattered cease-fire in Gaza.
 
August 1, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Gaza took an ominous turn Friday, as a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire fell apart within 90 minutes and the Israeli military announced its belief that one of its soldiers was captured by Hamas militants.
 

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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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North America

Aug 16, 2013 — Pirates, pokers and alleged demonic origins — the history of rum is filled with raucousness and rebellion. To celebrate National Rum Day, we bring you tales from this drink's past, including its laudable origins as a food waste solution.
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Dec 21, 2010 — The 10-pound tome comes with a built-in audio player featuring crisp recordings of hundreds of bird songs. The 500-plus-page volume, produced with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is billed as "The Complete, Illustrated Reference for North American Birds."
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Jun 6, 2010 — The trickster is a being that loves to create chaos. In Native American traditions, it takes many forms and appears in many stories. Now it's taking the form of a graphic novel.
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Sep 16, 2009 — David Allen Sibley, the master of bird books, shifts his gaze from fauna to flora with The Sibley Guide to Trees. Graceful illustrations of leaf, twig, flower seed and bark accompany concise, elegant descriptions — enabling us all to finally appreciate both the forest and the trees.
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May 27, 2008 — In A Voyage Long and Strange, journalist Tony Horwitz details his three-year journey from Plymouth Rock to the Dominican Republic to find out more about the earliest explorations of the Americas.
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Apr 29, 2008 — In his new book, journalist Tony Horwitz chronicles the exploration of America that occurred before Jamestown. Among his discoveries: the fact that early European explorers reached about half of the states in the present-day continental U.S., including, in the 1540s, the plains of what is now Kansas.
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Jan 22, 2008 — Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl returns with another set of titles you should be reading but haven't (yet). The latest batch features the story of three royal cousins, tales of wild animal adventures and a pun-filled picture book for younger readers.
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Jan 21, 2008 — Read an excerpt from The Animal Dialogues by Craig Childs.
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Dec 24, 2007 — NPR's Lynn Neary talks with book writers — Laura Miller of Salon.com, and blogger Mark Sarvas of The Elegant Variation — about worthy books that got overlooked by the mainstream book-review sections in 2007. Here's a rundown of their recommendations.
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Nov 7, 2007 — Loriene Roy, president of the American Library Association, talks about recent works of Native American fiction during this, American Indian Heritage Month.
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