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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 31, 2014 | NPR · The day began with Israel's military calling up 16,000 more reservists, stoking fears of a widening offensive in Gaza; it ended with a 72-hour cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · A surge of new cases in West Africa's Ebola virus outbreak has health officials worried that the epidemic is getting worse. Sierra Leone, for one, has declared a state of emergency, sending in troops to quarantine some of the hardest hit communities.
 

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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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May 20, 2013 — Should banks be required to hold much more capital as a safety net? Just kidding, banks don't hold capital!
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Apr 15, 2013 — The main skills required are attention to detail, cheerful obedience, and the ability to add two-digit numbers in your head. Also, it helps to like finance.
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Mar 25, 2013 — A reader who just re-financed his mortgage asks: Why are so many people willing to lend huge amounts of money at such low interest rates?
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Mar 5, 2013 — Banking is a highly regulated beast. Shadow banking, not so much.
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Feb 11, 2013 — Does anyone make anything that beats a low-cost index fund? There are at least two short answers to this, which are (1) Don't ask me, and (2) No.
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Jan 17, 2013 — Two common questions: 1. Shouldn't more bankers be in jail? 2. How do I get a job in investment banking?
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Nov 20, 2012 — Short answer: Of course! Long answer: Here's what it's costing taxpayers, what people are doing about it, and what might happen if we broke up the banks.
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Nov 7, 2012 — More and more stocks are traded by computers, at speeds so fast humans can't keep up. The problems this creates are largely the problems created by all trading, just speeded up.
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Oct 24, 2012 — Sure, derivatives are bets. But they're also tools for getting around the tax code, accounting rules, and lots of other regulations.
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Oct 17, 2012 — I will tell you what a derivative is, but I will take a while to get there, and you may feel cheated. That is okay. If you want to understand derivatives, you must learn to live with uncertainty, and also with feeling cheated.
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