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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. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many 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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Interracial friendship

Sep 5, 2012 — Jeffrey Eugenides traces a love triangle, while Sebastian Barry examines a woman's well-lived life. In nonfiction, Jodi Kantor explores the Obamas' marriage, David Margolick revisits Arkansas school integration, and Simon Garfield romps through the history of type.
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Oct 2, 2011 — Author David Margolick explores the tumultuous lives of — and off-and-on relationship between — Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan, two women made famous by the 1957 "Crisis at Little Rock," where Eckford was one of the first black students to attend a major high school in the formerly segregated south.
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Aug 8, 2011 — Set in rural North Carolina in 1963, Clyde Edgerton's latest novel centers on a frowned-upon friendship which blossoms between two teens from opposite sides of the color divide and tracks.
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Jul 30, 2011 — Clyde Edgerton's new novel, The Night Train, tells the story of two boys whose friendship is concealed due to a culture of racial segregation in the 1960s. Edgerton harkens back to his own childhood in North Carolina — the days when friendship between black and white children was culturally unacceptable — and asks what has changed in the past 50 years.
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Jul 28, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Night Train: A Novel by Clyde Edgerton. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Dec 1, 2010 — This week in fiction, an unlikely English love story reveals class and racial tensions in an English village, while in nonfiction, two postwar pop-culture icons share their life stories, and two respected journalists tackle the financial crisis and the rise of Dubai.
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Jul 28, 2010 — Hotels, pools, beaches, airplanes: all good places to ignite a summer fling — or read about one. Here are six recent titles that will let you explore, from the safety of your deck chair, our human capacity for ecstasy and pain.
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