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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 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.
 
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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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James Bond At 50

Oct 5, 2012 — It's official: Sean Connery IS James Bond, according to NPR readers who weighed the question this week. Connery set the gold standard as 007, the spy known for his playfulness, his ruthlessness — and his ability to look good in a suit. The Bond film franchise turns 50 today.
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Oct 5, 2012 — In honor of secret agent James Bond, who made his drink preferences crystal clear on film, we investigate the scientific differences between a shaken and a stirred martini. It turns out, you can tell the difference.
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Oct 4, 2012 — The James Bond film franchise may be turning 50, but its gadgets will never get old. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and NPR's David Greene dig through the inventory of Bond's best contraptions.
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Oct 3, 2012 — The studio musician was paid $15 to punch up the song you hear every time you think of 007.
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Oct 2, 2012 — A lavish new book explores the essence of one of cinema's most enduring brands as defined by Bond posters from around the globe and across the decades.
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Oct 2, 2012 — Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, children of original James Bond producer Albert Broccoli, have kept the business of Bond in the family. With the latest film in the 50-year-old franchise due in November, they spoke with NPR's David Greene about the Bond legacy.
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Oct 1, 2012 — In 1962, the world first met the British agent, James Bond. Since then, so much of Bond-mania has gone down in cinema history. But one of the less appreciated aspects of the franchise is the early use of actors of color in important roles. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with The Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, Wesley Morris.
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Oct 1, 2012 — For every actor who has played James Bond in the past 50 years, there are fans who think he defined the role, and that the others merely toiled in his shadow. Cast your vote on who did the best job as "Bond — James Bond."
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