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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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Wine and wine making

Nov 29, 2012 — In his new book, author and oenophile Paul Lukacs traces the 8,000-year history of our original alcoholic beverage — from ancient times, when wine was believed to be of divine origin, to the sauvignon blanc you find in your supermarket today.
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Nov 27, 2008 — Should you choose a bottle of Beaujolais or your favorite Pinot Gris tonight? Pairing wine with your mouth-watering holiday meal doesn't have to be a hassle. For advice, Farai Chideya speaks with wine authority Leslie Sbrocco.
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Jul 20, 2008 — Natalie MacLean, author of Red, White and Drunk All Over, joins Host Liane Hansen to discuss how global warming, competition in the wine industry, and organic standards are changing the wine we drink. MacLean also reveals her favorite wine, after more than a decade as a sommelier.
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Jun 10, 2008 — In 1985, a single bottle of wine purported to be from Thomas Jefferson's own cellar was sold at auction for $156,000. Benjamin Wallace traces the mystery surrounding the bottle in The Billionaire's Vinegar.
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Feb 17, 2008 — Liane Hansen speaks with Eric Arnold about his book First Big Crush. The light-hearted book details a year that Arnold spent working a New Zealand winery.
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Nov 16, 2006 — What a weekend! You can celebrate Mickey Mouse's birthday, relax with a cool DVD starring some of the greatest talents of the 1950s (hosted by none other than Hef) and gaze at a meteor shower. And then, just in case you were wondering, we have the word on the best wine to sip with your Thanksgiving turkey — or your KFC takeout.
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Nov 19, 2004 — NPR's Tony Cox talks with husband-and-wife wine experts Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher about their latest book Wine for Every Day and Every Occasion: Red, White, and Bubbly to Celebrate the Joy of Living.
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