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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Tens of thousands of displaced Gazans face skyrocketing prices for limited water supplies, and severely disrupted electricity service. As well, long lines are developing for staples like bread.
 
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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The day began with Israel's military calling up 16,000 more reservists, stoking fears of a widening offensive in Gaza; it ended with a 72-hour cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians.
 
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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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Take Five: By Style

Jan 25, 2010 — Evolving out of 1950s bebop, hard bop incorporates elements of gospel, soul and R&B. One of the style's biggest supporters, Blue Note Records, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. And while jazz has progressed since then, hard bop is still heard in many modern jazz recordings. Hear five classics.
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Feb 22, 2010 — Jazz musicians have long mined Broadway, the Great American Songbook, and even pop music for material. Here are five Latin interpretations of songs written by jazz musicians, a process that isn't as easy as playing the chords of a jazz composition over a mambo rhythm.
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Jun 2, 2008 — The summer of 1958 was the season of bossa nova. Fifty years ago, a movement of melody, harmony, lyrics, and rhythm sent a fresh wave of sound throughout Brazil. In the years to follow, a small group of idealistic musicians would write some of the most enduring melodies in music history.
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Oct 5, 2012 — Decades after Django Reinhardt pioneered his distinct style of guitar-propelled swing, it's being adapted by bands like these. Hear what Frank Vignola, John Jorgensen, the Hot Club of Detroit and others are doing with the idiom.
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Jun 25, 2012 — Bassist Matt Ulery, whose new album displays an affinity for strings, picks some of his favorite mergers of classical and folk music with the blues. Hear songs from Brad Mehldau, Chico Hamilton, Dave Douglas, Anne Mette Iversen and Wayne Shorter.
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Dec 6, 2011 — In the age of rock, big bands offered a suggestion that musical power could still emanate from non-electric sources.
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Nov 15, 2011 — Sampled saxophones and cymbals have re-emerged in dance halls, in innovative forms of house music.
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Oct 13, 2011 — When these cross-continental art forms meet, the result is beautifully rhythmic and dramatic.
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Jul 27, 2011 — Did you know that Sonny Rollins played on a Rolling Stones song? Hear that and other jazz cameos from famous pop-rock tracks.
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Jun 15, 2011 — Before nailing down the title "birthplace of rock 'n' roll," Memphis and West Memphis made many great contributions to early acoustic and electric blues.
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