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Commentary

The Grateful Dead, 'Truckin' Into The Sunset

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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Politics

Was This Past Supreme Court Session 'A Liberal Term For The Ages'?

Adam Liptak of The New York Times discusses the court's most recent session and says the rulings reveal deep philosophical differences regarding the role of judges and the Constitution.

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Parallels - World News

Debt Crisis Puts The Squeeze On Greece's Banks

The country's banks could hardly be in a more precarious position. The European Central Bank has stopped lending Greece money and a referendum Sunday could spell the country's exit from the eurozone.

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It's All Politics

A Conservative Firebrand From The Start, Ted Cruz Always Had A Plan

Long before Cruz was the Texas senator commandeering the Senate floor, he was a teenager reciting conservative, free-market ideology.

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The Salt

Why The World Might Be Running Out Of Cocoa Farmers

West African cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day. Those low wages could jeopardize the future of chocolate labor, as young farmers find better opportunities to earn a living, a new report warns.

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Environment

On The Rebound, Panthers Prowl Expanding Swath Of Land In Florida

From a low of about 20, the population of Florida's state animal has grown to about 200 — enough, wildlife officials say, to warrant taking them off the endangered species list. Not everyone agrees.

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Standing in their backyard in Cochas Grande, Peru, Katya and Blanca Cantos, hold the fruit of their labor. The gourd at left shows scenes from a potato harvest. The just-started gourd at right will tell the story of an ancestor's epic trek. Josh Cogan/Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archive, Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Peruvian Sisters Can Turn A Gourd Into An $800 Objet D'Art

They can spend up to two months on a single gourd, creating scenes that tell a story. Think of it as a graphic gourd novel.

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Around the Nation

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

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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The Two-Way - News Blog

Parts Of Social-Sharing Site Reddit Go Dark In Apparent User Revolt

After the firing of a key figure at the website, moderators of many of Reddit's most popular sections have gone private in apparent protest.

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Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour No. 250: 'Magic Mike XXL' And 'Catastrophe'

For our 250th episode, the gang digs into a movie and a TV show, each geared toward grown people in different ways. And, as always, we close with what's making us happy this week.

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All Tech Considered

Ever Dream You Could Fly? 'Jetman' Has. Let Him Tell You About It

Yves Rossy flies like Superman. But instead of a cape, he uses 7-foot-long wings and four engines. "You are like in a parallel world that normally doesn't exist," he says. "It's beautiful."

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