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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.
 
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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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Feb 3, 2013 — Sam Sheridan was a mixed martial arts fighter, wilderness firefighter, construction worker in the South Pole, and now, author. His new book, Disaster Diaries, will help you survive the apocalypse, no matter the catastrophe.
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May 13, 2012 — Ecologist and "natural security expert" Rafe Sagarin thinks our systems for dealing with natural disasters and terrorist attacks need to be updated. The best place to turn for advice? Other organisms.
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Sep 1, 2009 — Tom Ridge served as the United States' first head of Homeland Security after September 11, 2001. He unveiled the color coded threat level system in 2002. In his memoir, The Test of Our Times, he wonders if officials tried to manipulate that system for political gain.
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Aug 25, 2009 — If you're stranded somewhere dangerous and remote, and you're not sure how you're going to survive — maybe you should read a book. Author Jake Halpern suggests three that will get you out of any tough spot.
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Jul 29, 2008 — In her new book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes — and Why, journalist Amanda Ripley searches for patterns in human behavior in response to emergency situations.
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Jul 22, 2008Time magazine reporter Amanda Ripley takes readers inside fires, floods and airplane crashes in The Unthinkable, a disquieting study of disaster psychology.
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Sep 1, 2007 — When Hurricane Katrina swept into New Orleans, accurate information was often the rarest commodity. As water inundated New Orleans, the city's dominant paper, The Times-Picayune, found its true calling.
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Feb 22, 2007 — Are United States hospitals equipped to handle a flu pandemic or a major terrorist attack? Stephen Flynn, author of The Edge of Disaster, sizes up the United States medical system and finds it sorely lacking.
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Feb 21, 2007 — America is not ready for the next big catastrophe, according to Stephen Flynn, a former Coast Guard commander. Flynn is concerned that California's earthen levees won't hold in the event of an earthquake.
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Feb 20, 2007 — America is unprepared for the next big catastrophe, whether it's like Sept. 11 or like Hurricane Katrina, the author of a new book says. Stephen Flynn, a former Coast Guard commander, says ports like the giant facility in Los Angeles, are especially vulnerable to attacks or natural disasters.
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