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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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Jul 29, 2008 — In her new book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes — and Why, journalist Amanda Ripley searches for patterns in human behavior in response to emergency situations.
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Jul 22, 2008Time magazine reporter Amanda Ripley takes readers inside fires, floods and airplane crashes in The Unthinkable, a disquieting study of disaster psychology.
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Sep 1, 2007 — When Hurricane Katrina swept into New Orleans, accurate information was often the rarest commodity. As water inundated New Orleans, the city's dominant paper, The Times-Picayune, found its true calling.
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Aug 29, 2006 — Laura Dawn, cultural director of MoveOn.org, edited It Takes a Nation: How Strangers Became Family in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina. The book collects oral histories and photos of storm evacuees and those who helped them.
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Aug 28, 2006 — Jed Horne, an editor at The New Orleans Times-Picayune, talks about the city's continuing struggle to start over. Also offering their observations: Patrina Peters, a lifelong resident of the Lower Ninth Ward, who is featured in Horne's book Breach of Faith, and Charlotte Lewis, who just returned to the city after 11 months.
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Jul 10, 2006 — Even after the extensive coverage of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans journalist Jason Berry say there's much to be learned from new books on the storm: about global warming, how cities live or die, the science of levees and stunning human dramas.
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May 22, 2006 — In The Great Deluge, Douglas Brinkley describes a city ripe for disaster as Hurricane Katrina approached shore — crippled by poverty, police corruption, gang violence and lacking a real, workable disaster plan.
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May 10, 2006 — Historian Douglas Brinkley, a New Orleans resident and professor at Tulane University, talks about his new book, The Great Deluge. Brinkley left the city just after Hurricane Katrina hit last year, but returned to help with rescue efforts and began collecting oral histories about the catastrophe.
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