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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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Desserts

Jun 25, 2013 — No fiction? No problem! Annalisa Quinn shares five summer reads that look at art in a few stranger-than-fiction ways. Classic mythology and Spider-Man? An antlered hat with feathers? Have your Dutch minimalist-inspired cake and eat it too!
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Oct 9, 2011 — What's the oldest known dessert? According to a new book by author Michael Krondl, it's a fruitcake-like recipe from ancient Mesopotamia. India gave the world refined sugar — and doughnuts fried in sacred ghee. Krondl leads a sweet journey through the history of dessert.
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Dec 3, 2010 — Librarian Nancy Pearl loves reading about other people's lives. And while an unappreciative therapist might call that a predilection toward snooping, it won't stop her from gravitating to the memoir section of the bookstore. Here, for your own vicarious pleasure, are some of her favorites.
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Jun 20, 2010 — This year has yielded a bumper crop of cookbooks for the farmers market regular. Food writer T. Susan Chang has sorted through this bounty to come up with an armload of recommendations — as well as a score of great summer recipes — for the locavore in your life.
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Nov 24, 2009 — Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox's recipe for Gingerbread Cupcakes with Candied Ginger from The Craft of Baking: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Sweets with Ideas for Inventing Your Own.
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Nov 24, 2009 — Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox's recipe for Crisp Honey Grahams from The Craft of Baking
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Jul 12, 2009 — Nearly 10 years ago, Sarah Magid became obsessed with all things sweet: cakes, cookies, candy. Her book, Organic and Chic is intended as a healthy and organic take on junk food.
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Nov 19, 2008 — These decadent baked goods, though familiar, revel in scents and tastes slightly unexpected.
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Nov 13, 2008 — The recipes in Baked are, if not always alcoholic, uniformly intoxicating.
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Jan 27, 2008 — Greg Patent hunted down the secrets of ethnic baking in more than 30 nations. His new book, A Baker's Odyssey, collects recipes for the delectable treats, with insights into their culinary history and cultural significance.
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