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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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Organic farming

Nov 15, 2010 — In her memoir, The Dirty Life, former Manhattan travel writer Kristin Kimball recounts her move from the big city to a muddy farm — with a love story along the way.
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Aug 28, 2006 — In the world of specialty farming, biodynamic agriculture goes beyond organic in its arcane rules. The basics are that a good grape begins in the compost heap. A growing number of California wineries have joined this international discipline — and they're producing critically acclaimed wines.
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Nov 21, 2005 — Food writer and cookbook expert Heidi Swanson includes this title in her roundup of holiday cookbooks for NPR.org. Ableman and his son take a cross-country road trip of artisanal American farms.
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Nov 21, 2005 — Whether it's a gift your looking for, a recipe for a holiday gathering, or a delicious title to read by the fire, this list has something for you. Food blogger and cookbook author Heidi Swanson has pulled together her favorite titles this year, and her favorite recipes from those books.
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