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Friday's Stories July 3, 2015

Not Your Typical Summer Reading List

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

John Adams Wanted Independence Day On July 2, Not July 4

The Founding Father believed July 2, 1776, was the really the big day – the day the Continental Congress voted for independence.

As Greek Government Falters, Food Relief Put In The Hands Of The People

With closed banks, shuttered aid programs and frozen imports, a number of nonprofits are stepping in to make sure Greeks are fed.

The Return Of Ebola In Liberia

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FBI Issues Terror Alert Ahead Of July 4th Holiday Weekend

Seth Jones of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at Rand, discusses why law enforcement issued the alert.

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How China's Stock Plunge Is (And Isn't) Like The 2008 Financial Crisis

Some experts say it's the inevitable bursting of the Chinese economic bubble, but officials in China suspect foreign manipulation.

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Two Years After Arizona's Deadliest Fire, A Small Town Continues To Heal

The tiny town of Yarnell, about 80 miles north of Phoenix, was so devastated by the fire, people wondered if it would ever recover.

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A Cherished Synagogue Prepares To Close

After serving the Jewish community in Revere, Massachusetts, for 103 years, Congregation Tifereth Israel is closing.

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Greece Faces Pivotal Choice In Sunday Referendum

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is calling on voters to reject a proposed bailout when they head to the polls on Sunday.

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A New Look At America's Founding

Historian Joseph Ellis's latest book takes us beyond the Declaration of Independence, to what happened after the war ended.

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Conservationist Madison Stewart Stands Up For Sharks

Recent attacks in North Carolina have heightened the negative public perception of sharks. But for Stewart, sharks are like family.

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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.

Music From The Show

From The Civil Wars to Horse Lords.

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June 30 6 Comments

With Pluto On Its Horizon, NASA Spacecraft Nears Target

"We haven't done anything like this since Voyager in the 1980s, and nothing like it is planned to ever happen again."

June 30 49 Comments

Chorus Helps Trans Men And Women Find Their Voice

The all-trans chorus was founded to help people learn to use their changing voices in a safe space.

June 30 136 Comments

Social Justice Activist: Slavery Never Ended, It Just Evolved

Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative recently launched an effort to mark where lynchings took place in the U.S.

June 29 12 Comments

First Known Plane Hijacking Was A Flight To Freedom

Nearly 60 years ago, a forced laborer in a Hungarian brick factory hatched a far-fetched plan to escape.

June 29 37 Comments

Paul Thurmond Explains His Change Of Heart On The Confederate Flag

The state senator is now among those calling for the flag to be removed from near the South Carolina State House.

June 26 4 Comments

What Happens When Mavericks Gather For Family Reunion

Their family name inspired the English word we know today. We drop in on their unusual family reunion in San Antonio.

June 25 86 Comments

Controversial New Textbooks Go Into Use This Fall In Texas

The books contain information challenged by academics, that critics say is making education far too political.

June 24 9 Comments

Houston’s Mayor On Race, Roads And Gay Rights

Jeremy Hobson sits down with Annise Parker, the city's second female mayor and first openly gay mayor.

Spotlight

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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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

July 2 11 Comments

Professor Says Jefferson Davis Statue Should Be Removed, Preserved

At the University of Texas at Austin, there are calls to take down a statue of the Confederate president on campus.

July 2 2 Comments

Sweet And Savory Watermelon

Our resident chef shares five recipes, including watermelon pickles and a watermelon, crab and arugula salad.

July 1 5 Comments

What It’s Like To Lead A Non-Hierarchical Workplace

Terri Kelly is one of few people with a title at W. L. Gore – the maker of Gore-Tex – and she says she really doesn't like having one.

July 1 3 Comments

Joy Williams’ New American Songbook

The singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy winner joins us with a playlist of what she considers quintessentially American music.