This month we’re going to spend the hour looking back at some of the topics we covered since kicking off the revival of Western Skies in June. There was a lot of overlap, stories that could have appeared in multiple episodes, and themes that kept popping up from topic to topic.

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News

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Most people can’t tell when they’re having the irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation that puts them at risk of stroke. Simply learning to take your own pulse could help, researchers say.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · For the first time since Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration is allowing flights to Israel. The death toll in Gaza has now surpassed 700.
 

July 24, 2014 | NPR · The MD83 aircraft was about an hour into its flight from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers. It was carrying 116 passengers, including six crew members.
 

Arts & Life

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July 24, 2014 | OZY · This age of bold (or pragmatic) entrepreneurialism calls for a bag that bellows adventure. Before you dust off your grade-school book bag, consider these designer options.
 

July 24, 2014 | NPR · Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.
 

July 24, 2014 | NPR · Get your comic fix this week with Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds and The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. Both books take up the idea of re-writing the past — but in very different ways.
 

Music

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · The video for the teenage duo Maddie & Tae’s first single, “Girl In A Country Song,” cheerfully turns the tables on the cartoonish macho tendencies of so much recent country music.
 

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July 24, 2014 | WXPN · Accomplished musician, producer and Latin music expert Rachel Faro joins us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fania Records.
 

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July 24, 2014 | WXPN · Alt-country singer Nikki Lane makes her World Cafe debut with four songs and an interview about her roots in both music and fashion.
 

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