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Turkey Takes Center Stage In Global Economy, Middle East

Turkey’s economy is growing about as quickly as China’s. But analysts are watching nervously, because of Turkey’s history of booms and busts, and also because or Turkey’s newfound role as a player in the Middle East.

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Irish Town Gussies Up For President Obama’s Visit

Residents of the town of Moneygall are busy spiffing up and rehearsing for President Obama’s visit next week. See a slideshow from the first US presidential visit to Ireland by JFK, and hear about his itinerary.

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‘Child’s Song’: An Anthem For Moving On From Singer Tom Rush

We speak with singer-songwriter Tom Rush about his 1970 version of “Child’s Song”, written by Canadian folk singer, Murray McLauchlan. In the past 40 years, it’s become an anthem for graduation and other rites of passage.

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Church Sex Abuse Report Blames ’60s Culture

Researchers commissioned by the nation’s Roman Catholic Bishops are blaming widespread clergy sex abuse on the cultural and sexual upheavals of the 1960s.

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Blackwater Founder Sets Up Private Army For UAE

A company formed by Erik Prince, the founder of the security contractor Blackwater Worldwide, is working for the United Arab Emirates, setting up a private army that would defend the country against terrorists and quash internal revolts.

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November 25 3 Comments

Rapper Le1f Finds Struggle And Moral Diversity In American Music

We've been asking musicians what they think of when they think "American music." Today we hear from Khalif Diouf, aka Le1f.

November 24 7 Comments

Ferguson: One Year Later

City council member Wesley Bell looks back on the past year since protests and violence swept the Missouri city.

November 24 3 Comments

Sam Sifton’s Tips For A Happy, Delicious Thanksgiving For All

The New York Times' food editor talks about his favorite dishes and how to accommodate everyone without going crazy.

November 23 3 Comments

James Taylor Is ‘Gobsmacked’ By Medal Of Freedom Honor

The five-time Grammy winner looks back on his career, ahead of receiving the country's highest civilian honor.