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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 · Dozens of children have filed complaints saying they were subjected to inhumane treatment at Border Patrol stations. The complaints center on the holding cells, referred to as "freezers" by migrants.
 

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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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The Checkout: Live

Apr 2, 2014 — Whether executing the new visions of his peers or fielding calls from veterans, few young jazz guitarists are as highly tipped. Matthew Stevens leads a band in songs from his forthcoming debut album.
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Mar 5, 2014 — The Baltimore native plays mean piano and drums, but he's made his biggest mark as a bandleader with his mallets. The jazz vibraphonist visits his alma mater to lead his quintet in concert.
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Jan 29, 2014 — The composer and bandleader mixes Argentine folk forms, New York's jazz talents and a postmodern mash-up imagination. He returns to his alma mater to coach a performance of his own beguiling music.
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Dec 11, 2013 — After releasing his fourth album earlier this year, the alto saxophonist premieres a new set of compositions: a suite for jazz octet inspired by A.A. Milne's poetry for children.
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Oct 9, 2013 — The saxophonist came to the U.S. from Chile with little money and less command of English. But she did have some serious ability at the saxophone, which has now found footing in the New York scene.
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Jun 13, 2013 — They met in New Orleans' performing-arts high school, became Donald Harrison's rhythm section as teenagers and have now released their first album. The collective plays original music live.
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Jun 12, 2013 — Byron has a way of homing in on an artist's legacy and transforming it with intelligence and adventure. In this case, he takes on the music of Thomas Dorsey and of Sister Rosetta Tharpe in concert.
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May 9, 2013 — The quartet specializes in a distinct strain of improvised music: jazz that aims at fun by bouncing off the walls. Led by slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein, the band parties to the themes of Nino Rota.
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May 9, 2013 — A go-to choice for jazz heavies and arena-level singer-songwriters alike, drummer Allison Miller made time to cultivate her own working band in the past few years. Hear her quartet perform live.
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Mar 21, 2013 — When he gets to lead the band, the bicoastal bassist Todd Sickafoose writes lushly textured, slowly developing music for a unique instrumental ensemble. Hear them lift the lid on unreleased tunes.
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