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Chicago To Replace Famed Ferris Wheel With Taller One 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:56:41 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Alexander Eisenschmidt, an assistant professor of architecture at University of Illinois at Chicago, about the new Chicago Ferris Wheel.

Donald Trump Controversy Highlights Influence Of Hispanics In U.S. 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:56:41 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, about Republican presidential candidate Trump's remarks on Mexican immigrants.

In Philadelphia's Fishtown, A Fierce Debate Over The Fate Of A Polish Church 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:56:41 -0400 
    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.

Portland, Ore., Soccer Fans Gear Up For Women's World Cup Final 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:28:57 -0400 
    It's the U.S. and Japan in Sunday's Women's World Cup final in Vancouver, Canada — a rematch of the 2011 championship. Soccer-crazed fans in Portland, Ore., who watched Japan's fortuitous win over England this week, provide plenty of insight about what it will take for the U.S. team to avenge it's loss four years ago.

Scrapped Declaration Of Independence Passage Denounced Slavery 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:28:57 -0400 
    Most everyone knows the Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson. But most don't know about a very big edit before the final draft.

What Happened To British Loyalists After The Revolutionary War? 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:28:57 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Maya Jasanoff, a professor of British and imperial history at Harvard University, about the loyalists and what happened when they lost.

Week In Politics: New GOP Candidates, Donald Trump 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:28:57 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin talks with regular political commentators David Brooks of The New York Times and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution about this week's GOP announcements.

Despite Offensive Comments, Donald Trump Polls Strong In New Hampshire 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:28:57 -0400 
    Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump is polling surprisingly well in New Hampshire. NPR unpacks Trump's appeal to the state's voters.

On The Rebound, Panthers Prowl Expanding Swath Of Land In Florida 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:28:57 -0400 
    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.

Aetna To Buy Insurance Rival Humana For $37 Billion 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:28:00 -0400 
    The health insurance company Aetna announced Friday it will buy rival Humana for $37 billion. The merger comes as other health insurers consider consolidating to cut costs.

#NPRreads: The 'Grexit,' Video Games And Fleeing The Rwandan Genocide 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:20:00 -0400 
    Also this week, misconceptions about slavery. And, the struggle for gay Christians trying to keep the faith.

A Conservative Firebrand From The Start, Ted Cruz Always Had A Plan 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:03:21 -0400 
    Long before Cruz was the Texas senator commandeering the Senate floor, he was a teenager reciting conservative, free-market ideology.

Former Corinthian Students: Saddled With Debt, Hoping For Relief 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:26:00 -0400 
    Former Corinthian students could soon be off the hook for their student loans, but that won't help them in finding a better career.

Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Health Insurance Rival Humana 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:11:00 -0400 
    If the deal passes antitrust scrutiny, it would be the largest such acquisition in the insurance industry. It's the latest sign of consolidation in health insurance in the wake of Obamacare.

Russia Finally Launches Supplies To ISS After Earlier Failures 
  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:24:00 -0400 
    The liftoff of the Soyuz Progress 60P was a relief to astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station after two previous resupply missions — one Russian and one American — failed.
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