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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 | KERA · After caring for Ebola patients for several months in West Africa, Dr. Kent Brantly noticed last week that he had symptoms. The 33-year-old immediately put himself into a Liberian isolation ward.
 
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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Mar 25, 2013 — In Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, Douglas Rushkoff cautions against living in the perennial, virtual now. "It's very hard for us to orient ourselves," he says, "to look forward to things, to join movements with goals, to invest in the future."
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Jun 19, 2012 — These five books will suck you into strange worlds, but leave you full of questions about our own. These page turners have pleasingly complicated political and social subtexts, morphing space battles into philosophical debates and zombie hordes into political satire.
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Oct 26, 2010 — We know technology is taking over our lives — but is it taking on a life of its own? In his new book, Kevin Kelly says technology is an extension of the human body — not "of our genes, but of our minds."
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Dec 11, 2009 — Every Christmas, Santa Claus uses advanced technology to accomplish his seemingly impossible duties. In the new book The Truth about Santa, science writer Gregory Mone explains.
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Dec 17, 2008 — For 25 years, a professor collected essays from her students based on the this prompt: "Was there an object you met during childhood or adolescence that had an influence on your path into science?" One student remembered her Easter basket.
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Dec 6, 2008 — How about an electrified birthday cake or a steaming martini? A new book shows you how to turn your food into edible science experiments. Your kitchen is like a home laboratory, says one author, why not have fun with it?
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Mar 23, 2006 — A new book contends that technology has enabled regular people to be free of big corporations and government agencies, allowing them to remake society for the better. The author of An Army of Davids talks about a utopian future that may have already arrived.
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