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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Tens of thousands of displaced Gazans face skyrocketing prices for limited water supplies, and severely disrupted electricity service. As well, long lines are developing for staples like bread.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Christian Science Monitor reporter Christa Case Bryant tells Renee Montagne why the Israeli army is finding Hamas a more formidable foe now than during the 2009 war.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Oklahoma is experiencing more earthquakes, and some scientists say they're caused by wastewater disposal wells. Linda Wertheimer learns more from energy reporter Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma.
 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · An explosion rocked a crowded Gaza market during what was expected to be a lull in the fighting. Earlier in the day a United Nations school was hit by what U.N. officials say was Israeli artillery fire, killing at least 15 people. Meanwhile, rocket fire from Gaza continues to be fired into Israel.
 
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July 30, 2014 | NPR · Hamas militants are using tunnels in and out of Gaza to strike inside Israel. Israelis are questioning how the tunnels grew to be so complex and why the military hasn't been able to shut them down.
 
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July 30, 2014 | NPR · A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."
 

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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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Jun 5, 2014 — The NPR education team brings you 25 books with minority characters and authors.
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Dec 27, 2012 — This year's literary heroines aren't defined by their desire to love or be loved — or even to be especially lovable. Writer and critic Parul Sehgal celebrates five sublimely stubborn women, frequently at odds with themselves and always at odds with their times.
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Apr 16, 2009 — The younger of the filmmaking Coen brothers is the author of two recently published books. Almost An Evening consists of three short plays that were staged off-Broadway last year, while The Drunken Driver Has The Right Of Way is a slim volume of clever, light verse.
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Jan 24, 2008 — During his most recent visit to Iraq, New Yorker writer George Packer focused on stories of Iraqis who have worked as translators, fixers and drivers for the U.S. government, military and media. He has now adapted his story, "Betrayed: The Iraqis Who Trusted America the Most," into a new play.
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Jan 14, 2008 — Each year, at the American Library Association's mid-winter meeting, the winners of the most prestigious prizes for children's books are announced: the Caldecott Medal for picture book, and the Newbery Award.
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Jul 15, 2007 — At just 33, playwright Sarah Ruhl has already had her plays produced on the country's most important stages. But she still finds time to read Goodnight Moon. She shares what's on her reading list this summer.
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Sep 3, 2006 — This summer, we've talked to authors, scientists, performers and others to find out what they've been reading, for work and for fun. We also asked our listeners to tell us what books have kept them up through the night, eager to find out how the story ends.
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Jun 16, 2006 — South African playwright Athol Fugard's work has long been esteemed around the world. Now his daughter, Lisa Fugard, has published a first novel: Skinner's Drift. Father and daughter talk about apartheid-era South Africa and what inspires their respective creative works.
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May 6, 2006 — Author Joseph L. Badaracco Jr. thinks future business leaders can learn something from literary classics. His book Questions of Character offers lessons from eight major works.
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Dec 7, 2004 — The Greek myth of the fate of Eurydice, who dies after being saved from Hades by Orpheus, provides the kernel of one of Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel's favorite scenes. Vogel discusses Sarah Ruhl's vision of Eurydice with NPR's Susan Stamberg.
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