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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 · 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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Destination Art

Aug 30, 2012 — Mark Twain found the inspiration for his classic works while growing up in the river town of Hannibal, Mo. Today, there's a new set of artistic characters in Twain's boyhood home; the town of 18,000 boasts a vibrant arts community.
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Aug 20, 2012 — In a valley at the foot of the Berkshire Mountains, a struggling industrial town is making an artistic comeback. North Adams is now home to MASS MoCA, one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the world — housed in 26 former factory buildings.
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Aug 7, 2012 — When it opened in 1953, nobody expected much of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. But what began 60 years ago as two plays in a tent is now a major theater festival. It attracts half a million ticket-buyers a year to the small Ontario town — which also boasts homegrown heartthrob Justin Bieber.
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Jul 31, 2012 — Thanks to one trailblazing industrialist, more than 60 of Columbus' buildings — including schools, churches and even a jail — were designed by a veritable who's who of modern masters. As one local tour guide puts it, "We don't build anything that isn't attractive."
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Aug 2, 2012 — In the 1970s, minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to a dusty town in West Texas, where he created giant works of art that bask beneath vast desert skies. In the years since, Marfa has emerged as a mecca for art tourism.
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Aug 29, 2012 — "There is so much to see and do — things you wouldn't expect in a town of this size," says Ohio resident Cindy Adkins. "Art is everywhere — it even hangs from the trees!"
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Aug 29, 2012 — "Our artists meet every week for breakfast," says resident Jill Lyon. "They often advise and mentor each other, and we have a very comfortable, small-town atmosphere here with lots of Main Street meetings and conversations each day."
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Aug 29, 2012 — "The views are breathtaking," says Livingston resident Mira Trafton. "The wind is outrageous and blows away the feeble folks. It also steers the pretentious toward other places. The residents are eclectic and hardy."
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Aug 29, 2012 — "For a smallish city, Glens Falls packs a cultural punch with music, visual art, drama and theater for all tastes and interests," says resident Erin Coon. "Don't even get me started on all the different styles of cuisine in the town."
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Aug 29, 2012 — "Fairfield, Iowa is a thriving arts community more or less in the middle of nowhere," says resident Michael Halley. "In a small town of less than 10,000, we're busting at the seams with artists of all kinds: painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, poets."
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