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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.
 
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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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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Feb 8, 2007 — An almost mythic American author from the upper Midwest, Jim Harrison writes about big themes that could be called Hemingwayesque: land, death and life. Harrison has won a cult following for his lyrical fiction, in addition to writing poetry, essays and a memoir. His new novel is Returning to Earth.
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Sep 19, 2005 — About two years ago, commentator Darcy Wakefield was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at age 33. A few months later, she wrote a commentary about running — and losing her ability to do it. Since then, her disease has progressed, sometimes in ways she didn't anticipate. Her sister Betsy reads this commentary for her. Wakefield has just released a book, I Remember Running.
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Apr 26, 2005 — Jonathan Eig's new book, Luckiest Man, looks at the life of New York Yankee hero Lou Gehrig, on and off the field. Gehrig was the unstoppable "Iron Horse" as he hammered home runs while playing in 2,130 straight games. But his life was cut short by the disease that now bears his name.
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