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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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Julie Zickefoose

Apr 9, 2009 — Across the northern tier of the US, mushroom hunting—particularly for the prized morel mushroom—is coming into full swing. Commentator Julie Zickefoose revels in the mushrooms that populate her woodland and sizzle on the stovetop.
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Jan 14, 2009 — Part of becoming attuned to nature is being aware that wild creatures are more alert to our doings than we are to theirs. There's not much that birds, in particular, don't notice. Commentator Julie Zickefoose shares a few stories of birds ... watching people.
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Dec 15, 2008 — At 50, Julie Zickefoose suddenly finds herself as hidden to society as the elastic now found in the waistbands of her pants. But rather than adopting a wardrobe of purple boas in an attempt to stand out, she explores the potential of her newfound age of invisibility.
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Nov 17, 2007 — Read an excerpt from Letters From Eden: A Year at Home, in the Woodsby Julie Zickefoose.
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Nov 27, 2006 — This baker's dozen of picks for the booklovers on your list spans a range from American masters to Mexican pinups, panoramas to punk rock, cartoons to caterpillars. Why ask why? Enjoy!
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