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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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Nathaniel Philbrick

Oct 17, 2011Moby-Dick is a difficult book to read. But the author of a new book about the Melville classic says it's worth it to make the effort.
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Aug 4, 2011 — Few things are creepier than the idea of eating another person — even in extreme circumstances. Author Mitchell Zuckoff recommends these three stories where humans are the main course, whether on account of tribal ritual, or of extreme desperation.
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Jul 29, 2009 — What makes a great beach read? The producer of our book series, Ellen Silva, thinks it's a book set where you're vacationing. She has picked four spots — Venice Beach, Calif.; Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts; and South Beach in Florida — with great surf and even better books.
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Nov 23, 2006 — In the second of two commentaries, Nathaniel Philbrick dispels some of the myths surrounding the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, including the date of that dinner, what was eaten and what it was called.
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Nov 22, 2006 — The author of Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War notes that the Pilgrims encountered Native Americans — and stole their corn — before reaching Plymouth Harbor.
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Jul 26, 2011 — NPR coverage of In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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