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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria’s current conflict.
 

Metropolitan Opera
July 26, 2014 | NPR · With labor negotiations growing more strained, a lockout seems likely next week at the Metropolitan Opera. Management says payroll must be trimmed while unions want to curb production costs.
 

Lego Lost At Sea
July 26, 2014 | NPR · Nearly two decades ago, a massive wave struck a container ship and dumped nearly 5 million Legos pieces into the ocean. Today, they are still washing up on shores in England.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon reflects on Amazon.com as it celebrates its 20th birthday this month, examining the ways in which we’re courted online to buy just about everything.
 

July 26, 2014 | NPR · In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard — and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · At the Library of Congress’ Mostly Lost workshop, viewers are encouraged to yell out possible settings, actor names and even car models — anything that might put a name to an unidentified film.
 

Petra Mayer
July 26, 2014 | NPR · The cosplay community has descended on the annual Comic-Con in San Diego. They’re the dedicated folks who create lovingly accurate costume reproductions of their favorite fictional characters.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Two large radio telescopes have detected very brief, powerful bursts of radio waves, and so far, scientists have no idea what’s causing them.
 

Alaska Public Media
July 26, 2014 | APTI · Salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska isn’t always about hooking a big fish in the remote wilderness. Sometimes, it’s about standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the water to fill up your freezer.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · The Sunni town fought back when Sunni Muslim extremists from the Islamic State tried to impose their rule. The extremists leveled the town as a warning to Sunnis who won’t accept their brutal rule.
 

 

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News

July 31, 2014 | NPR · Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Analysts say the merger of Reynolds American and Lorillard is driven by the changing demographics of smoking. But the lower smoking rate masks a more complex and varied pattern of cigarette usage.
 

July 31, 2014 | NPR · New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing reports that his administration interfered with the work of an anti-corruption commission that he created — and then abruptly disbanded.
 

Arts & Life

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The very prolific James Franco directs a Cormac McCarthy adaptation that struggles to overcome a repulsive main character with whom it’s almost impossible to empathize.
 

IFC Films
July 31, 2014 | NPR · The drama War Story is trying to wrap itself around both a personal story of a traumatized journalist and some larger social issues. Despite a strong central performance, it succeeds only partially.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She’s a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.
 

Music

July 31, 2014 | NPR · Harvest Records used to be known for having a strong link to the progressive rock sound of 1970s London. After laying dormant for years, the label is back, and looking for a new identity.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The New York rapper on the music industry — from sitting on the shelf, to refusing deals, posthumous releases to sales expectations — music journalism and taking risks, personal and professional.
 

July 31, 2014 | WPLN · Sometimes the kids you hear on records for kids aren’t really kids. In fact, there’s a crew of adult singers in Nashville that specializes in sounding young — very young.
 

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