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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 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.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Virologist Thomas Geisbert has spent decades studying Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers. He speaks to Audie Cornish about the current Ebola outbreak, the worst in history, and how it might be contained this time around.
 
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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Bonus Round: Ask Me Another

Apr 23, 2014 — What hath the Bard wrought? A legacy of words and idioms you'll recognize from pop culture and even your own speech. On the occasion of his 450th birthday, Ask Me Another presents this handy glossary.
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Jan 5, 2014 — On the twelfth day of Xmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: A bunch of pop culture math questions that weren't on your SATs. For example, what do you get when you add Jay-Z's "Problems" to Three Dog Night's "Loneliest Number"? You'll find calculus is a lot less scary when it involves your favorite band in the game "Replacement Math."
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Jan 4, 2014 — On the eleventh day of Xmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: a third round of holiday trivia, this time with more Schwarzenegger. Plus a chance to win Jonathan Coulton's CD, Artificial Heart.
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Jan 3, 2014 — On the tenth day of Christmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: every song house musician Jonathan Coulton played on the show in season two. Completists, rejoice.
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Jan 2, 2014 — On the 9th day of Christmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: host Ophira Eisenberg as a Canadian Girl Scout.
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Jan 1, 2014 — On the eighth day of Christmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: A Charlie Brown Christmas trivia, and the chance to win tickets to a live recording of the show.
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Dec 31, 2013 — It may come as no surprise that since Ask Me Another tapes in a bar, we are no strangers to the bottom of a glass. (With responsibility, of course.) On the seventh day of Christmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: cocktail recipes inspired by the show's games, contestants and guests.
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Dec 30, 2013 — On the sixth day of Christmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: a trivia game paying tribute to our favorite accordion-playing, pop culture-loving, food-punning parodist, "Weird Al" Yankovic.
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Dec 29, 2013 — On the fifth day of Christmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: Jonathan Coulton in a tux! Check out this old photo we dug up of Coulton's days as a Whiffenpoof (That's a collegiate a cappella group...not a type of exotic bird.)
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Dec 28, 2013 — On the fourth day of Christmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: a game inspired by Mad Men. Contestants have to answer questions about silly but shockingly authentic etiquette rules dating from the 1960s.
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