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A New Look At America's Founding

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Historian Joseph Ellis is well known for his work on the era of the American revolution and the founding fathers. His latest book, “The Quartet: Orchestrating The Second American Revolution, 1783-1789,” takes us beyond the Declaration of Independence and tells the story of what happened after the war ended, the creation of the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention and the drafting of the Bill of Rights.

Not Your Typical Summer Reading List

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If you’re looking for some books to read on your next vacation, Petra Mayer, an editor at NPR Books, and R. A. Washington, co-owner of Guide to Kulchur, a bookstore in Cleveland, Ohio, have a few suggestions. They share some ideas with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti.

The Return Of Ebola In Liberia

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This week, Liberia found three new cases of Ebola. The country was declared Ebola-free two months ago, but now it seems the deadly disease is back. Health officials are on high alert and scrambling to figure out how the victims contracted the disease. NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti with details.

Law enforcement officials are boosting security for holiday events, after an FBI warning about possible terrorist activity timed to the Fourth of July celebration.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Seth Jones, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at Rand, about why law enforcement issued the alert.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is calling on voters to reject a proposed bailout when they head to the polls on Sunday. In a televised address today, he also told Greeks that Sunday’s referendum is not a vote on whether Greece will stay in the eurozone.

A Cherished Synagogue Prepares To Close

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After serving the Jewish community in Revere, Massachusetts, for 103 years, Congregation Tifereth Israel is closing. Recently, synagogue members past and present returned to reclaim part of their family histories and recall enduring memories. Bruce Gellerman from Here & Now contributor WBUR was there and has our story.

In China today, stock markets continued what is now an unprecedented economic slide. In the three weeks since the Shanghai Composite Index hit a seven-year high, the market has lost 30 percent. That’s the sharpest decline over that time period since 1992.

While some experts point to the loss as the inevitable burst of the Chinese economic bubble, officials in China suspect foreign manipulation.

Recent attacks in North Carolina have heightened the negative public perception of sharks. But for 21-year-old Australian Madison Stewart, sharks are almost family.

Since she was in her early teens, Stewart has made it her mission to preserve and educate the world about the creatures she feels so passionate about.

As the Founding Fathers established the United States of America, they had their eyes on the future and they knew they were making history. But not everyone had the same opinion of the timeline of that history.

Most thought the big day was July 4, when then Continental Congress approved the text of the Declaration of Independence and sent it to the printer. But John Adams believed July 2, 1776, was the really the big day.

A sun-powered airplane has landed in Hawaii after a five-day journey from Japan that smashed the previous record of 76 hours for the longest duration nonstop solo flight.

Pilot André Borschberg set the Solar Impulse 2 down on the tarmac at Kalaeloa Airport outside Honolulu after flying for 120 hours from Nagoya, his team reports.

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An Internet insurrection is taking place on Reddit, where moderators have shut down many of the social sharing site's most popular sections in an apparent protest over the dismissal of Victoria Taylor.

Iceland's minority Pirate Party has its first major legislative victory — repealing a 75-year-old blasphemy law that made it a crime to "ridicule or insult" the teachings of a legally recognized religious community.