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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 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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Talk Like An Opera Geek

May 9, 2012 — From rugged individualism to visionary technologies, American opera forges a distinct repertoire.
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Apr 25, 2012 — European opera ranged from realistic to unhinged in the 20th century, as composers wrote with freedom and imagination on all sorts of subjects.
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Apr 18, 2012 — Hear opera reinvent itself in the hands of cutting-edge composers facing an uncertain new century.
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Apr 11, 2012 — Hear why these three composers are still superstars in opera houses worldwide.
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Mar 28, 2012 — The "beautiful singing" of the early 1800s marks an appealing milestone in the story of opera.
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Mar 8, 2012 — The excesses of the early 18th century take a decisive hit from a reformer named Gluck.
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Feb 29, 2012Opera seria, with its prescribed plots and extravagant music, dominated 18th-century opera.
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Feb 22, 2012 — At the dawn of the 17th century, take a trip through the earliest days of a brand new art form.
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Feb 1, 2012 — Opera singers must obey the musical traffic signals, knowing an accelerando from a rallentando.
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Jan 25, 2012 — From recitative to cabaletta, we've got the skinny on what's sung when the singer stands alone.
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