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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 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 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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What's in a Song?

Apr 28, 2012 — Singer Martha Scanlan discusses the scenic inspiration behind her first song, and the homesteading roots she's formed in Montana.
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Oct 10, 2010 — In a world of highly produced pop music, where the vocals share the stage with a variety of instruments, the notion of a single voice singing without an accompaniment sounds almost revolutionary. In this week's "What's In A Song," we meet Elizabeth LaPrelle, an artist from rural Virginia who sings ballads that resonate like an old fiddle.
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Feb 25, 2012 — A Montana songwriter recounts the tale of his dentist's journey to becoming a cowboy.
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Feb 8, 2012 — In this segment of the What's in a Song series, Ian Tyson tells of writing the classic folk song "Four Strong Winds" after hearing Bob Dylan sing at an East Village bar. Inspired by Dylan, Tyson sat down with a guitar, writing the folk classic in half an hour.
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Dec 29, 2012 — Musician Kristina Olsen says Tibetan prayer flags flying over porches near her home in Venice, Calif., made her wonder how divine forces decide whom to help and when.
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Sep 30, 2012 — The song has been a hit for a string of American country stars, but it was written by an Australian. Inspired by road maps and towns that rhymed, Geoff Mack set to work on song that became a classic four times over.
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Jan 6, 2012 — Barre Toelken had memorized some 800 antique songs before a stroke wiped them out. Now he's slowly re-learning them, with the help of a group that comes to sing with him every week.
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Sep 24, 2010 — In the 1930s and '40s, John Lomax and his son, Alan, bounced along the back roads of America in a Ford. They were searching for the music they believed defined us as Americans: folk music. In Angelina County, Texas, they discovered a rich tradition of African-American quartet singing.
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Sep 11, 2009 — Public radio's favorite cowboy poet, philosopher and former large-animal veterinarian lost his father at an early age. But Black has a vivid memory of being regaled by a certain song about a young cowboy at bedtime.
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Mar 22, 2009 — American folk singer Connie Dover grew up in the Midwest but travels every summer to be a camp cook at dude ranches around Yellowstone National Park. She expresses a longing to be closer to nature in the song "I Am Going To The West."
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