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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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Almanacs, American

Feb 27, 2014 — Does The World Almanac include a list of the worst national flags? We wish! Play along as Ophira Eisenberg asks the book's editor whether a given article is in the almanac, or if we just made it up.
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Sep 13, 2013The Old Farmer's Almanac 2014, an annual register of weather predictions, appears at No. 5.
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Dec 14, 2012 — At No. 4, the new World Almanac delivers facts on current events, people and the 2012 election.
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Dec 8, 2011 — Find answers and predictions in The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012, which debuts at No. 9.
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Sep 23, 2011The Old Farmer's Almanac returns with new charts, hints and ideas. It debuts at No. 15.
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Jan 1, 2005 — NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks with John Pierce, publisher of The Old Farmer's Almanac, about what to expect in 2005 — everything from weather to cologne to the latest home gadgets.
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Oct 25, 2004 — The Old Farmer's Almanac has been around since the 19th century, when its readership was mainly farmers. The newly released 2005 edition has been updated for a 21st-century audience. NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with publisher John Pierce.
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