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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, the U.S. economy has not yet fully recovered. Now two economists have come up with new evidence about what's holding the economy back.
 
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July 24, 2014 | NPR · On Capitol Hill, dogs and their handlers have made the case that all U.S. military dogs should be brought home from war — and treated with the respect they've earned on the battlefield.
 
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July 24, 2014 | NPR · A United Nations school, which was being used to shelter displaced Gazans awaiting evacuation, came under fire from a missile or shelling. The attack reportedly killed 15 people. Palestinian officials blame Israeli shelling; Israel says it may have been Hamas rockets that fell short of their target.
 
July 24, 2014 | NPR · The war in Gaza is unfolding between Israel and Hamas, but the Palestinian Authority, based in the West Bank, is also involved in efforts to end the fighting. The Palestine Liberation Organization's diplomatic representative to the U.S., Maen Areikat, speaks with Robert Siegel about the causes of the conflict and the possible consequences of a cease-fire.
 
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July 24, 2014 | NPR · If no contract deal is reached by July 31, Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers to plan for a work stoppage the next day.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Scott Simon talks with David Herzsenhorn of The New York Times about the latest developments in Ukraine, where a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was downed on Thursday, killing 298 people.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Arun Rath gets the latest from correspondent Corey Flintoff at the site of last week's downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Eastern Ukraine.
 

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Nov 26, 2013 — When the World Health Organization made a big mistake about how many Greeks are getting HIV, the misinformation spread. Now, WHO is trying to correct the record. But the mistake is still out there.
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Jun 25, 2013 — How did the Zombie Apocalypse become a ubiquitous all-consuming (no pun intended) meme? Adam Frank says we keep re-telling this story because it's trying to tell us something about the future. Are we listening?
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Dec 23, 2012 — The things that catch on and get copied or parodied across the Web often catch fire because they let people share themselves in unique ways, say the trend trackers at Know Your Meme.
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Dec 11, 2012 — From "golden tweets" to "most annoying memes," the subjects for 2012 "best of" and "worst of" lists are multiplying. Where do they rank among your favorites?
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Oct 24, 2012 — This year's presidential debates may be remembered as much for what the candidates said as for those witty Internet memes that followed. Experts say the rise of the political meme largely blindsided the campaigns.
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Oct 17, 2012 — It is now clear that we are living in a world of viral memes that take no sides when it comes to spoofing politicians or debate moderators. So what's a politician to do as the target of a social media parody? Run with it.
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Dec 8, 2011 — All three started as one thing and became something else entirely as people used digital tools to add their own interpretations and comments and then spread their work around the Web.
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Dec 17, 2010 — Critics have slammed the film Tron: Legacy, some asking if it should've even been made. NPR's Andy Carvin disagrees. "Tron isn't just a movie. It's a meme that a whole generation of geeks like me have been cherishing for nearly 30 years."
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Aug 5, 2010 — A controversial Youtube video of an upset African American man goes viral, spawning numerous copycat videos. Is this Internet meme really about race, comedy, music, celebrity or a delicate mix of all of the above?
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