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House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets

The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who are unable to access VA services to see private doctors.

House Votes To OK Lawsuit Against Obama

House Republicans say that the president has overstepped the bounds of his executive authority. President Obama dismissed the move as a "political stunt."

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Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."

Amid Confusion, 17 Killed By Shelling At Market In Gaza

Israel's army declared a humanitarian cease-fire on Wednesday but said it did not apply to all areas. A market that Palestinians had thought was safe was hit, killing 17 and wounding dozens more.

Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment

The tiny European country of Moldova isn't known for much of anything, and especially not its wine. But its winemakers are trying to find new export markets and overcome their post-Soviet reputation.

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Gaza's Network Of Tunnels Is A Major Hole In Israel's Defenses

Hamas militants are using tunnels in and out of Gaza to strike inside Israel. Israelis are questioning how the tunnels grew to be so complex and why the military hasn't been able to shut them down.

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Grocery Chain Workers Want Their CEO Back

Arthur T. Demoulas, chief executive of the New England grocery chain Market Basket, was pushed out by his cousin in a boardroom struggle. Protesting employees have brought business to a standstill.

Judge Orders Bank Of America To Pay $1.3 Billion Fine

A jury had found the bank liable for fraud related to mortgages sold by its Countrywide Financial unit last October. Bank of America may appeal.

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Violence On The Ground Hobbles MH17 Investigations

Nearly two weeks since a Malaysia Airlines flight was downed over eastern Ukraine, fighting in the region continues to delay the start of an investigation. For more, Audie Cornish speaks with Paul Sonne, the Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

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For 2 Senators, Campus Sexual Assault Solution Starts In Washington

To learn more about the new legislation aimed at sexual assault on campuses, Audie Cornish speaks with two of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Another Look At The Summer Of 1927 With Bill Bryson

July 30, 2014
Aviator Charles A. Lindbergh stands in front of his plane "The Spirit of St. Louis" in New York in before his historic solo flight to Paris, May 20, 1927. (AP)

The book “One Summer: America, 1927″ looks at the events of the summer of 1927 and how they reflected and shaped America.

Dinesh D'Souza Won't Apologize

July 30, 2014
Janitta Swain, Writer/Exec. Producer/Co-Director Dinesh D'Souza, John Koopman, Caroline Granger and Don Taylor seen at the World Premiere of 'America: Imagine The World Without Her' at Regal Cinemas LA Live on Monday, June 30, 2014, in Los Angeles, CA. (AP)

Conservative firebrand Dinesh D’Souza says he wants an America without apologies. He’s also facing jail time. We’ll hear him out.

A View From The Climate Changed Future

July 29, 2014
This April 28, 2010 file photo, shows the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, Mont. Colstrip figures to be a target in recently released draft rules from the Environmental Protection Agency that call for reducing Montana emissions 21 percent from recent levels by 2030. (AP)

A new sci-fi history looks back on climate change from the year 2393.

Marking 100 Years Since The Start Of WWI

July 28, 2014
U.S. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker watches as wounded American soldiers arrive at an American hospital near the front during World War I. (AP Photo)

Marking the one hundredth anniversary of the start of World War One. We’ll look at lessons learned and our uneasy peace right now.

‘Every Turtle Counts’: New Children’s Book Combines Autism Story With Cape Cod Science

July 25, 2014
Sara Hoagland Hunter says the book is not about autism, but celebrating differences. (Courtesy of Peter E. Randall Publisher)

A new children’s book by a Boston/Cape Cod author is part nature story, partly an insight into the minds of autistic children.

Why Americans Are Pie People

July 25, 2014
Guest Renee McLeod of Somerville, MA's Petsi pies shows off her wares. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

There is nothing more American than a piece of pie. We taste and talk pies.

The Art Of The American Pie: Recipes

July 25, 2014
A closeup of piemaker Beth Howard's mixed berry pie in the On Point studios. (Nick Andersen / WBUR)

In the odd chance that our pie hour this week made you hungry — how could it not, right? — we asked our piemaking guests for some of their favorite pie recipes. Enjoy!

What The Petunia Knows

July 24, 2014
Orchid (Galileo55/Flickr)

We’ll look at the new science of what plants feel, smell, see – and remember.

Author Explores US’s Perplexing ‘Seafood Deficit’

July 23, 2014
Author Paul Greenberg writes about the United State's perplexing seafood deficit. Even though the U.S. controls more ocean than any other country, it imports 90 percent of its seafood. (Matthew Ebel/Flickr)

Author Paul Greenberg explores the ecological impacts of the U.S. import-export deficit in seafood.

Patrick Sides With Chiefs On Gun Bill Provision

July 23, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick says he agrees with police chiefs and gun safety activists who support giving the chiefs discretion over issuing firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns.

The 'Elephant Whisperer' Of World War II

July 22, 2014
Lt. Col. James Howard Williams, aka "Elephant Bill," is the hero of Vicki Constantine Croke's new book, "Elephant Company." (Courtesy Random House)

We’ll travel to the jungles of Burma for the remarkable true story of Billy Williams—aka “the elephant whisperer”—and his World War II heroism.

Weston Mother Deals With Daughter’s Death In Unconventional Way

July 21, 2014
The Forbes family in San Francisco in 2004, before Charlotte's death. (Photo courtesy Kersti Malvre)

Weston-based author Sukey Forbes tells the story of the sudden loss of her 6-year-old daughter Charlotte and her unusual method of coping with grief.

Boxing Attracts More Than Would-Be Fighters

July 21, 2014
Springs Toledo, right, watches boxers at The Ring Boxing Club. (Emiko Tamagawa/Here & Now)

At the Ring Boxing Club, boxers range in age, are both men and women, and include an award-winning author.

Revisiting Ali, Frazier And Foreman In Richard Hoffer’s ‘Bouts of Mania’

July 19, 2014
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Richard Hoffer’s ‘Bouts of Mania’ chronicles the “Golden Age” of heavyweight boxing as well as the era’s three main figures: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman. Hoffer joins Bill Littlefield.

Boston Gets Its First Pop-Up Library

July 18, 2014
Adults and children explore the pop-up reading room at the Wharf District Park. (Photo courtesy Sam Davol)

Nestled under the birch trees between India and Milk streets on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, you’ll find the Uni Project’s wooden book kiosk, surrounded by little plastic benches.

Florida Crime Fiction And The New Face Of America

July 17, 2014
The Miami skyline as seen from Miami Beach. (Stefano Giudici/Flickr)

The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik joins us on the seedy, wacky face of Sunshine State crime fiction.

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