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It may seem like there are a lot more cases of people being shot and killed by police.

Just this week, two African-American men were shot by police: Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn. Before that there were Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Laquan McDonald in Chicago and Tamir Rice in Cleveland.

But could it be that we are just paying more attention?

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Last summer, the day after 61 percent of Greek voters rejected austerity in a referendum, they celebrated by dancing in the streets.

Their "no" vote was seen as a war cry of independence from onerous technocrats in Brussels, whose policies, voters believed, were keeping Greece in perpetual recession and debt.

But Despina Biri, a Greek researcher specializing in health and science, was full of trepidation.

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There are two Venezuelas.

In one, there are food riots and empty supermarket shelves and long lines of people waiting for basic goods. In the other, there are gourmet meals, creamy cappuccinos and rich desserts.

At the Santa Elena supermarket in the poor neighborhood or barrio of Antimano in Caracas, the capital, 72-year-old Nerys Ojeda is looking for detergent to wash her clothes. There isn't any.

"We can't find flour, spaghetti, sugar, butter. You can't find any of the things we really need," she says.

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A replica of Noah's Ark has been built in the rolling hills of northern Kentucky and it is, quite literally, of biblical proportions. The wood structure stands seven stories high and is the length of 1 1/2 football fields.

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Obama's Years: Road Trip Obama School

Jul 5, 2016

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And here in the U.S., our colleague Steve Inskeep has been asking people about their last eight years as part of the documentary Obama's Years. One of his stops included the Barack Obama Elementary School in St. Louis, where he picks up now.

NETRA TAYLOR-NICHOLS: Good morning, good morning.

STEVE INSKEEP, BYLINE: OK, so everybody's coming over to give you a hug.

TAYLOR-NICHOLS: Right (laughter).

INSKEEP: Principal Netra Taylor-Nichols led us down the gleaming central hallway. Obama Elementary opened in 2010.

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And on this Fourth of July, we've been listening to versions of the MORNING EDITION theme submitted by our listeners. This one came to us from the hip-hop group Jazzy Triggs. They dropped some rhymes on top; a great reason to play it again.

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Obama's Years: Road Trip Colorado

Jul 4, 2016

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