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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years.
 
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent — more than double the continent's average. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many Spanish 20-somethings — dubbed the "lost generation" — will have missed a decade or more of work.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · To withstand their 9,300-mile migration, red knots feast on eggs from horseshoe crabs each spring in Delaware Bay. Scientists worry many crabs are starting to lay eggs before the birds can get there.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Israel and Hamas carried out a rhetorical battle Sunday over the fate of dueling offers to extend a ceasefire. In the end, the fighting resumed after Saturday's 12-hour truce. Israel vowed to continue its military campaign, targeting tunnels along the border. Wary Gazans prepared as best they could for the feast that marks the end of Ramadan.
 
July 27, 2014 | NPR · Anne Barnard from The New York Times talks with NPR's Eric Westervelt about the differences between the current explosion of violence in Gaza and previous ones.
 
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July 27, 2014 | NPR · The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.
 

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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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Cuban Americans

Jun 10, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Daniel Smith explores his anxiety, and Mark Bowden looks at the killing of Osama bin Laden. In fiction, Pablo Medina follows a boy caring for his aging, Cuban-American parents, and Jean Zimmerman tracks a 17th-century investigation into the disappearance of orphan children.
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Apr 25, 2012 — Kevin Wilson's "strange and wonderful" debut novel, The Family Fang, arrives, along with Adrian Burgos Jr.'s biography of a colorful Negro League owner, memoirs by hacker Kevin Mitnick and mother of nine Melissa Faye Greene, plus journalist Doug Saunders' look at world migration patterns.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Boxing For Cuba: An Immigrant's Story of Despair, Endurance & Redemption by Guillermo Vincente Vidal. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Apr 26, 2011 — The biography of a cigar worker turned respected baseball executive, a petite book of poetry perfect for the season, a huge chronicle of a cook and his vegetable patch, and a mother's day gift book that celebrates moms as fashion plates.
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Nov 22, 2010 — In 1962, 11-year-old Carlos Eire was one of thousands of children airlifted out of Cuba and sent to Florida to escape Fidel Castro's regime. His parents thought he'd return when Castro was deposed — but he never went home again. Eire recounts the experience in a new memoir.
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Feb 25, 2009 — In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama pledged to cut the federal budget deficit in half in four years. But every president who has inherited a deficit has promised to cut it, and only Bill Clinton has succeeded. Commentator Russell Roberts think Obama's got his work cut out for him.
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Sep 23, 2008 — As Fed and Treasury officials scramble to secure a $700 billion rescue for faltering financial institutions, economists are pointing fingers of blame at just about everyone: lenders, bankers and borrowers. Does greed lie at the heart of the financial meltdown? Is Main Street just as culpable as Wall Street?
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Aug 25, 2008 — Guillermo Vincente Vidal is the Deputy Mayor of Denver and has an unusual life story, chronicled in his recent book, Boxing for Cuba. Vidal talks about his top leadership role in the city and talks about his journey to success, including how, at age 10, he was one of more than 14,000 children airlifted out of communist CUBA by the U.S.-sponsored "Operation Peter Pan."
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Jun 10, 2007 — The journey of life is made up of a series of choices. But how much do the elements of chance and luck have to play when making those life choices? Author Cristina Garcia explores these ideas in her latest novel, A Handbook to Luck.
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Feb 28, 2006 — Leslie, who listens to KQED in the Bay Area, recommends this memoir of boyhood in 1950s Havana: "Any reader who has a life experience that makes them an exile (physical, emotional or spiritual) can intimately relate to this tale."
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