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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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Jul 23, 2014 — Up until 1984, the Motion Picture Association of America rated films G, PG, R or X. But that same year some gory scenes in PG-rated movies — including Indiana Jones and Gremlins — raised concerns.
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Jul 8, 2014 — Chris Klimek summarizes all he learned about summer movies and personal taste from voting in a recent survey of blockbusters at film site The Dissolve.
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Jul 3, 2014 — Steve James' documentary Life Itself looks at the life of critic Roger Ebert, both before and after the profound physical changes that led to his rebirth online.
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Jun 27, 2014 — The romantic comedy parody They Came Together has an impeccable pedigree full of really funny people. But its attempts to mock generically likable films feel strangely generic themselves.
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Jun 23, 2014 — Two heavily political documentaries that played at the recent AFI DOCS documentary festival in Washington underscored the challenges of making a film that challenges rather than comforts.
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May 24, 2014X-Men: Days Of Future Past is a time-travel movie, but not only because of its plot. It's also an experiment in how to continue a franchise without the potential complications of starting over.
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May 21, 2014 — Today, we learned the title of the upcoming sequel to Man Of Steel, and we're really crossing our fingers that the whole thing is about the Rule Against Perpetuities.
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May 13, 2014 — Zack Snyder has tweeted the first look at the big (really big) guy in the dark (really dark) suit.
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May 13, 2014 — Chris Klimek remembers science-fiction designer H.R. Giger, who kept him sleeping with the lights on for many nights after producing some of the indelible and terrifying imagery of Alien.
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Apr 24, 2014 — 'Brick Mansions,' a completely inessential remake of the French film District B13, follows a war of good guys and gangsters up and down the walls of a hypothetical Detroit under siege.
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