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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, the U.S. economy has not yet fully recovered. Now two economists have come up with new evidence about what's holding the economy back.
 
July 24, 2014 | NPR · Military war dogs serve combat tours, save lives and suffer injuries like the soldiers they serve. On Capitol Hill this week, dogs and their handlers made the case that all dogs should be brought home from war and treated with the respect they've earned.
 
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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Dozens of children have filed complaints saying they were subjected to inhumane treatment at Border Patrol stations. The complaints center on the holding cells, referred to as "freezers" by migrants.
 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · The remains of passengers of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight arrived in the Netherlands, on what has been a national day of mourning. Most of those killed in the jet that was brought down over Ukraine were Dutch. Robert Siegel talks with Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times, who is in the Netherlands.
 
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July 23, 2014 | NPR · Even before the double calamity of its two downed flights, Malaysia Airlines was trying to adapt to momentous shifts in Asia's aviation industry. Now, it faces either bankruptcy or privatization.
 
July 23, 2014 | NPR · An uncontacted Amazonian tribe has ended its isolation in Brazil. Fiona Watson, the field and research director for Survival International, explains why this tribal people left its village.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Scott Simon talks with David Herzsenhorn of The New York Times about the latest developments in Ukraine, where a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was downed on Thursday, killing 298 people.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Arun Rath gets the latest from correspondent Corey Flintoff at the site of last week's downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Eastern Ukraine.
 

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Jul 23, 2014 — Conflict is the force that drives change. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser asks: What are the values that we should champion as we fight for a better future?
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Jul 18, 2014 — The power of a particular work of art comes from somewhere. Commentator Alva NoŽ has one idea about its source, while art historian Alexander Nagel has another.
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Jul 16, 2014 — New human possibilities materialized with the arrival of the the Enlightenment in the 17th and 18th centuries. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says its time to pick up the banner and move forward again.
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Jul 2, 2014 — If nature is like a game played by the gods, scientists are the observers trying to figure out the rules. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser asks: Can our knowledge ever be complete?
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Jun 27, 2014 — Is there really a difference between knowing an answer and knowing how to find an answer? Commentator Alva NoŽ asks this question and shares his answer.
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Jun 20, 2014 — The World Cup is on, a festival of amazing teamwork and theatric tribalism. Billions of humans love soccer. Are games a mark of intelligence, something we should expect to find across the cosmos?
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Jun 18, 2014 — Does science have limits? Commentator Adam Frank reviews Marcelo Gleiser's eye-opening new book exploring this very question. It appears that we are forever headed into the dark.
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Jun 16, 2014 — Can thinking about how the brain works also change how we think about crime and punishment? Commentator Tania Lombrozo says new research suggests it may be so.
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Jun 13, 2014 — For years the Turing Test has been a gut check for AI researchers. Now, apparently, a computer program imitating a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy has managed to pass the test. What should we make of that?
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Jun 7, 2014 — Why do we watch horror movies? Where is the pleasure in the impossible? Philosopher Alva NoŽ does his best to answer these, and other, questions.
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