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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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Dec 4, 2013 — NPR staff and critics selected more than 200 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to search through books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.
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Jun 21, 2013 — NPR's go-to librarian recommends five "under the radar" books she thinks you should read this summer. They range from a Jane Austenesque love story to a real life, intellectual detective tale.
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Apr 23, 2013 — A grad student with a temp job surveying bird populations finds his way to adulthood in a series of linked stories. Filled with quirky characters and offbeat humor, Brian Kimberling's Snapper is a love letter to the wilds of Indiana.
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Apr 9, 2013 — Read an exclusive excerpt of Brian Kimberling's debut novel, Snapper. These 13 linked stories follow ornithologist Nate and his friends (including dream girl Lola and a glittery pickup truck named Gypsy Moth) as they wander toward maturity.
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Apr 9, 2009 — Across the northern tier of the US, mushroom hunting—particularly for the prized morel mushroom—is coming into full swing. Commentator Julie Zickefoose revels in the mushrooms that populate her woodland and sizzle on the stovetop.
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Jan 14, 2009 — Part of becoming attuned to nature is being aware that wild creatures are more alert to our doings than we are to theirs. There's not much that birds, in particular, don't notice. Commentator Julie Zickefoose shares a few stories of birds ... watching people.
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Dec 15, 2008 — At 50, Julie Zickefoose suddenly finds herself as hidden to society as the elastic now found in the waistbands of her pants. But rather than adopting a wardrobe of purple boas in an attempt to stand out, she explores the potential of her newfound age of invisibility.
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Feb 24, 2008 — As spring bird migrations start, avid birders are gathering with their binoculars to view the transition. But a new book warns that the beauty and variety of these feathered friends is threatened by the very people who admire them.
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Feb 24, 2008 — Whether it's a common sparrow or a rare warbler, it's a human instinct to watch birds. At least, that's the premise of Jonathan Rosen's new book, The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature, which explores the relationship between humans and birds.
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Nov 17, 2007 — Read an excerpt from Letters From Eden: A Year at Home, in the Woodsby Julie Zickefoose.
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