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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.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.
 

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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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Sep 11, 2013 — MK Asante grew up in in north Philadelphia or as he calls it, "Killadelphia." In his new memoir, Buck, he details how he went from a drug dealing delinquent to becoming a poet and professor. Host Michel Martin talks to Asante about why he turned his life around.
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Mar 27, 2013 — Maya Angelou spent much of her childhood being raised by her grandmother in Arkansas, but as a young teenager, she returned to live with her mother, Vivian Baxter. Angelou's Mom & Me & Mom looks back on the long process of reconciliation with the woman who sent her away.
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Jul 4, 2012 — Henry Louis Gates Jr. is perhaps best known for his research tracing the family and genetic history of famous African Americans. A selection of his writings on race, politics and culture appear in The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader. Originally broadcast May 8, 2012.
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May 8, 2012 — For more than 30 years, Henry Louis Gates Jr. has been an influential public intellectual. He may be best known for his research tracing the family and genetic history of famous African-Americans. A selection of his writings on race, politics and culture appear in The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader.
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Dec 10, 2010 — Celebrated debut author Danielle Evans selects her favorite "outsider fiction" of 2010, choosing the best books that grappled with themes of identity, society and belonging.
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Apr 19, 2010 — The anthology of African-American nature poetry features work by contemporary writers, and writers like 18th century poet Phillis Wheatley. Camille T. Dungy, the editor of the collection, says the poems offer a different view of the natural world.
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May 26, 2009Black Noir, edited by Otto Penzler, collects mystery and crime stories by early and mid-20th century writers like Rudolph Fisher, Ann Petry and Pauline E. Hopkins.
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May 26, 2009 — Book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends five gripping works of fiction to keep you on the edge of your seat this summer. From serial killers to stashed jewels to snakes on the loose, these mysteries have it all.
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Jan 28, 2009 — A new book series promises to highlight the best work of contemporary black authors. That's the hope of professor Gerald Early, co-editor of Best African American Fiction and Best African American Essays. He says it's the first of what will become an annual collection.
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Jan 15, 2009 — Award-winning poet and educator Nikki Award-winning poet and educator Nikki Giovanni has a new book of poems focusing on love. The legendary writer talks about her 27th work, Bicycles: Love Poems. Giovanni, also a distinguished English professor at Virginia Tech, explains what influences her writings.
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