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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 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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Best Music Of 2013

Dec 31, 2013 — This year four releases, a Brooklyn party and a festival announcement confirmed a music continuum and a sensibility whose allure refuses to fade.
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Dec 31, 2013 — Pitch-shifted soul, a 14-minute pop song's insane game of chutes and ladders, and a four-way split of experimental music's most outward-thinking female musicians are just a few of the tapes that made 2013 awesome.
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Dec 31, 2013 — The major lesson of a year in which YouTube helped change the rules of the charts: When it comes to pop, past performance is no guarantee of future results. But a few artists seem likely to buck the trend.
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Dec 31, 2013 — Carcass and Satan came back after 17- and 26-year absences, respectively, while vets like Manilla Road kept the young'uns on their toes. SubRosa made doom metal gorgeous and the feral Cloud Rat made grindcore fearless and fearsome in 2013.
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Dec 30, 2013 — This year saw interactive videos come to the fore, but some reliable ingredients — dancing, doppelgangers and Drake — were just as key to making a great video in 2013.
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Dec 27, 2013 — A look back at the year's performances in the NPR Music offices, from OK Go to a well-placed gorilla suit. Highlights include John Legend, The National, a 17-piece chamber-rock band, an operatic tenor and more.
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Dec 24, 2013 — NPR Music offers up a wealth of end-of-year podcasts to provide a soundtrack for your road trips.
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Dec 23, 2013 — At the end of a year in which pop songs were a constant, provocative part of the national conversation, NPR Music critic Ann Powers sifts through the 100 most popular songs of the year to highlight 10 pure pop pleasures worth remembering.
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Dec 21, 2013 — It was a banner year for the acoustic guitar. NPR Music partner Folk Alley presents the best the genre had to offer.
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Dec 20, 2013 — Finding new and excellent R&B is a scavenger hunt, one that winds through blogs, Tumblr and Twitter. Here are the 10 songs that didn't make the pop charts, but should have got more love.
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