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NPR Music's Songs Of The Summer 2018

From the joint debut of pop's royal couple to a "bro-country" act ceding the mic to a woman's perspective, music insiders give their picks for 2018's song of the summer.

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50 Years Ago, The Pope Called Birth Control 'Intrinsically Wrong'

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5 Senators Who Will Likely Decide The Next Supreme Court Justice

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The sky surrounding the Statue of Liberty in New York is lit red by a firework in 2005. Nearly all the fireworks consumers will purchase this year — and 70 percent of those used by professionals — are manufactured in China. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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For Independence Day Fireworks, U.S. Depends On China

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Pentagon Questioned Over Blackout On War Zone Troop Numbers

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Federal Judge Orders Administration To End Arbitrary Detention Of Asylum-Seekers

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Struggling to stay afloat, a rural hospital in Missouri took a chance on new managers. Dan Margolies/KCUR hide caption

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Vulnerable Rural Hospitals Face Tough Decisions On Questionable Billing Schemes

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