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The Grateful Dead, 'Truckin' Into The Sunset

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:21am

The Grateful Dead play their final shows at Chicago's Soldier Field this July 4 weekend. NPR's Eric Westervelt reflects on how the Dead disrupted the musical and business norms of the industry.

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'Shadowshaper' Paints A Vibrant Picture

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:03am

Daniel José Older's new young adult novel follows a Brooklyn teenager who discovers her family has a dangerous magical heritage. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's full of music, flavor and color.

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Larry Campbell And Teresa Williams Step To The Mic, Together

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:47am

He's from New York City; she's from rural Tennessee. But the husband and wife, each known for backing up roots music's biggest stars, make it work on their new album.

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A Bird Of Courage And A Bash In Denmark: The July 4 You Didn't Know

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:46am

In the U.S., people often spend the Fourth of July grilling hot dogs and wearing their patriotic clothing. But there's more to this annual holiday than fireworks.

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Two Marines, One Deployment And The End Of A Marriage

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:43am

Marine Staff Sgt. Jonny Pena and Sgt. Anny Pena met when they were stationed in Arizona. They married, had kids; she left the service, he went to Afghanistan. But both say he returned a changed man.

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Need A Hand? Don't Worry, The Ghanaians Got Your Back

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:39am

They laughed, they jeered, and no one helped when she had to haul her belonging up a hill in New York. But in Ghana, people are more than eager to lend a hand.

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Chicago To Replace Famed Ferris Wheel With Taller One

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:56pm

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Alexander Eisenschmidt, an assistant professor of architecture at University of Illinois at Chicago, about the new Chicago Ferris Wheel.

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Donald Trump Controversy Highlights Influence Of Hispanics In U.S.

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:56pm

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, about Republican presidential candidate Trump's remarks on Mexican immigrants.

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In Philadelphia's Fishtown, A Fierce Debate Over The Fate Of A Polish Church

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:56pm

The Philadelphia Archdiocese has plans to demolish the city's oldest Polish church, but it's facing strong resistance: Longtime parishioners and neighborhood newcomers have joined forces in protest.

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From Jazz To Latin To R&B, NPR Music's Favorite Albums Of 2015 So Far

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:28pm

NPR's favorite albums of the year so far range from hip-hop to Latin music.

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Portland, Ore., Soccer Fans Gear Up For Women's World Cup Final

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:28pm

It's the U.S. and Japan in Sunday's Women's World Cup final in Vancouver, Canada — a rematch of the 2011 championship. Soccer-crazed fans in Portland, Ore., who watched Japan's fortuitous win over England this week, provide plenty of insight about what it will take for the U.S. team to avenge it's loss four years ago.

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Syrian Christians Face New Threat From Rebel Alliance

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:28pm

Syrian Christians face new threats from a rebel coalition that is fighting both the self-declared Islamic State and the regime.

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Aetna To Buy Insurance Rival Humana For $37 Million

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:28pm

The health insurance company Aetna announced Friday it will buy rival Humana for $37 million. The merger comes as other health insurers consider consolidating to cut costs.

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Chief Bailout Negotiator: Greece Needs An 'Economically Sustainable' Deal

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:28pm

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Euclid Tsakalatos, Greece's deputy foreign minister and chief negotiator in the bailout talks, about Sunday's referendum and what yes and no votes would mean.

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Greek Banks Hope For Some Relief With Approval Of Referendum

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:28pm

A referendum in Greece on Sunday will determine whether the country accepts the latest bailout conditions from Europe and the International Monetary Fund. It will also go a long way toward determining whether Greece stays in the eurozone. And it could also mark the beginning of a painful process during which Greek banks are starved of the euros they need to reopen and do business.

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Kids Of Richard Dreyfuss Remember Their Dad In 'Jaws'

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:28pm

An encore of a conversation with Ben and Emily Dreyfuss, the adult children of actor Richard Dreyfuss, after they re-watched Jaws. This story originally aired on Morning Edition on July 8, 2014.

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On Its 40th Anniversary, Remembering The Terror Of 'Jaws'

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:28pm

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the movie, Jaws, the original summer blockbuster.

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Scrapped Declaration Of Independence Passage Denounced Slavery

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:28pm

Most everyone knows the Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson. But most don't know about a very big edit before the final draft.

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What Happened To British Loyalists After The Revolutionary War?

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:28pm

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Maya Jasanoff, a professor of British and imperial history at Harvard University, about the loyalists and what happened when they lost.

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Week In Politics: New GOP Candidates, Donald Trump

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:28pm

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with regular political commentators David Brooks of The New York Times and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution about this week's GOP announcements.

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