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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 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 · Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.? That question is at the center of the heated debate about tenure protections and who gets them.
 
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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May 21, 2014 — Charles and David Koch have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to bring their libertarian views into the mainstream. In a new book, Daniel Schulman looks at the roots of their ideology.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Disinherited by Han Ong. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Dec 27, 2008Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach tells the story of the Astors of New York, a storied philanthropist family. Shortly after the death of Brooke Astor in 2007, her only child, Anthony Marshall, was indicted on charges of looting her estate. Author Meryl Gordon talks to Scott Simon about the book.
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Jun 7, 2008 — William Hague is the shadow foreign secretary of Britain's Conservative Party, and was once head of the party. Since leaving full-time work in politics, he's been writing political biographies. The latest is called William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner. Scott Simon speaks to the author about how Wilberforce's personality and religious faith informed his anti-slavery activism.
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Sep 30, 2007 — Once hailed as one of the richest men alive, Chuck Feeney transferred his billions to a foundation, which is giving it all away. The reclusive founder of the world's largest duty-free retail chain flew under the radar for years. But at 76, he's stepping into the spotlight.
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Sep 16, 2006 — Julius Rosenwald built Sears & Roebuck into a corporate power, then turned to philanthropy. His Rosenwald Schools educated African-American children throughout the rural South. Grandson, Peter Ascoli has written a biography.
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Oct 9, 2004 — Han Ong, a playwright and MacArthur "genius grant" winner, has written a novel called The Disinherited. The book is set in his homeland, the Philippines, but written at a distance. Ong describes his work in a conversation with NPR's Liane Hansen.
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