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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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Jul 26, 2014 — NPR's Scott Simon reflects on Amazon.com as it celebrates its 20th birthday this month, examining the ways in which we're courted online to buy just about everything.
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Jul 19, 2014 — South African writer and activist Nadine Gordimer wrote 15 books, and helped her friend Nelson Mandela edit his famous speech, "I Am Prepared To Die." She died this week at the age of 90.
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Jun 28, 2014 — A surprise catch-of-the day jumped straight out of a Stephen Spielberg movie and into a boat right off New York City's 116th Street.
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Jun 21, 2014 — In Pablo Picasso's painting The Blue Room, infrared technology this week revealed the canvas' previous occupant: a portrait of a melancholy, mustachioed man.
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Jun 14, 2014 — In 2003, NPR's Scott Simon and Peter Breslow were in Iraq. Back then, the city of Tikrit had just been liberated by U.S. troops. Today, Islamic hardliners are once again in charge.
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Jun 7, 2014 — Seventy years ago, U.S. assault troops landed on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy, deciding the course of history. What might be different today if they had been turned back?
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May 31, 2014 — David Abbott brought his signature brand of crisp, catchy copy-writing to ads for The Economist magazine and Volvo. Abbott passed away this month at age 75.
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May 24, 2014 — Airports are often named after politicians or celebrities, but who is Chicago's airport named for? Few know the story of WWII fighter pilot and Medal of Honor recipient Butch O'Hare.
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May 17, 2014 — Tweeting and blogging make it easy to complain in the virtual world. Instead, an outraged Michigan mom took a step to make a difference in real life.
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May 10, 2014 — Major League Baseball and Match.com have a new joint venture to connect fans looking for romance. But can they make lovers out of those with a passion for baseball?
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