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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 · A New York state lawsuit follows the Vergara ruling in California, challenging state teacher tenure policies. Who's next?
 
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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Music Makers

Jul 22, 2014 — Hear the world premiere of a piece by Samuel Adams — son of composer John Adams — and watch the orchestra's signature encore, from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.
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Jul 16, 2014 — Twenty years ago, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti gave a sold-out concert at LA's Dodger Stadium. It still echoes today in both the music business and public TV.
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Jul 13, 2014 — A second-generation American, he was one of the most prominent conductors of the post-World War II era, leading orchestras and opera companies on both sides of the Atlantic. He died Sunday at 84.
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Jul 11, 2014 — A birthday salute to a famed Italian tenor who knew how to guard his vocal resources. Not as loud or imposing as his rivals, Bergonzi sang with elegance and intensity for decades.
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Jul 3, 2014 — Philip Smith — principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, former teacher of Wynton Marsalis and hero to brass nerds everywhere — is retiring. Hear what makes him so idolized.
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Jun 26, 2014 — The conductor served as musical and administrative head of New York's second-largest opera company at a time when American talent was flowering.
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Jun 11, 2014 — A week after announcing publicly that he had cancer, the widely beloved Spanish conductor has died at age 80.
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Jun 2, 2014 — The Estonian composer's contemplative yet powerful music has found popularity beyond the borders of classical music. He's making a rare appearance in the U.S. to attend a festival of his music.
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May 30, 2014 — Though the composer and singer-songwriter wasn't raised in Los Angeles, The Ambassador feels like a musical tour of the city, right down to specific addresses used as song titles.
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May 27, 2014 — "If they hold an instrument, they will not take a drug. They will not hold a gun," says Santa Cecilia Orchestra conductor Sonia Marie De Leon De Vega. "It's that powerful."
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