All Things Considered for Sunday, July 20, 2014

Israel widened its operation into Gaza Sunday and each side had the highest death toll of this two-week-old conflict. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Daniel Estrin in Jerusalem about this deadly day.
Secretary of State John Kerry says evidence is mounting that Russian-backed separatists downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. New Republic editor Julia Ioffe discusses the tensions with NPR's Kelly McEvers.

Tax Cuts Fallout Put Kansas Governor On Defense

Kansas is now in a budget shortfall after a wave of dramatic tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. In response, more than 100 former GOP office holders in the state have endorsed Paul Davis, Brownback's opponent in the gubernatorial race this fall. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Steve Kraske of KCUR and the Kansas City Star.
The state is experiencing the worst drought in decades, but water consumption in the southern coastal region is actually higher than in previous years. New rules and incentives aim to change that.

Actor James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' Dies

Actor James Garner, best known for his roles in hit TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86 years old.
In the Mexican state of Michoacan, civilian militias have put a powerful drug cartel, the Knights Templar, on the run. Among the vigilantes are migrants, like Reny Pineda, returning from the U.S.
Florida-native Lauren Arrington discovered that invasive lionfish, which usually live in the ocean, could survive in nearly fresh water. The 12-year-old's experiment blew away professional scientists.
Shaun Thompson, the man behind hit fitness programs Insanity and Hip Hop Abs, says he got his big break after he gained the strength to leave an abusive relationship and pursue his dreams.
The enigmatic leader of Shabazz Palaces says his process is instinctive, non-linear and, sometimes, beyond his own understanding. Read Ishmael Butler's extended interview with All Things Considered.
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