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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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From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.

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Military Analyst Andrew Bacevich On Iraq, ISIS

This is the first in a series of conversations about the relationship between the Iraq War and fight against ISIS.

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The Rise Of The MP3 And The Fall Of The CD

Stephen Witt discusses his book "How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Privacy."

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Kids Books Feature Famous Figures As Children

Brad Meltzer is known for his political thrillers, but he also writes kids books about real-life people like Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart.

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Not Your Typical Summer Reading List

NPR Books editor Petra Mayer and Cleveland poet and bookstore owner R. A. Washington share their picks.