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Every place has its own sound. A small group of scientists is hard at work recording the natural sounds of national parks all across the U.S. — more than 70 soundscapes so far.

For our series on the centennial of the national parks, we traveled to Colorado, to find out how they create these portraits of sound.

First Lesson: It's Very Hard To Escape The Sound Of Humans.

A team of construction workers is pouring concrete onto the frame of a structure that will eventually become a wastewater treatment plant. It's 1 a.m. on a clear night in the suburbs of Phoenix.

The temperature is still in the high 80s. But that's way down from the area's recent record high temperatures, up to 118 degrees.

Around here, it never really gets cool in the summer. That's partly because Phoenix is such a big city that it traps the heat — a heat island.

But now in the middle of the night, it's finally cool enough to start work.

The world's second largest diamond goes on the auction block today for an expected $70 million.

It was found last fall in Botswana, where half the population is poor or hovering just above poverty.

All of which raises the question: How much do diamond sales benefit Botswana's citizens?

Where a hospital is located and who owns it make a big difference in how many of its doctors take meals, consulting and promotional payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies, a ProPublica analysis shows.

A higher percentage of doctors affiliated with hospitals in the South have received such payments than doctors in other regions of the country, our analysis found. And a greater share of doctors at for-profit hospitals have taken them than at nonprofit and government facilities.

Marijuana is legal in Colorado — as long as you're 21 or older. It's still illegal for kids to possess, so juveniles are coming to dominate the marijuana arrests in Colorado. But another startling trend also has developed: Arrest rates have risen dramatically for young blacks and Latinos.

Ricky Montoya isn't surprised that's happening. He's standing outside Courtroom 4F in Denver's City and County Building, where he was just ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for his third marijuana possession offense.

U.S. slips in 2016 Social Progress Index

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Mitchell Hartman

The Social Progress Index for 2016 ranks the United States No. 19 among 133 countries in the world, behind Ireland, France, Canada and New Zealand, and just ahead of Slovenia and Portugal. Full details of the rankings and analysis can be found here

European Union leaders trying to discourage euroskeptics

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Members of the European Union, who are meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, are telling Britain they will not begin negotiating any exit strategy until the U.K. formally applies to leave the bloc. That may not happen until Prime Minister David Cameron leaves office, possibly in the fall.  

Cameron, who met with EU leaders on Tuesday, will not attend the latest round of conversations. The EU, which is trying not to encourage euroskeptics in their own countries, will discuss the future of the 28-member-state bloc.

Obama's last ride as part of the Three Amigos

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JaeRan Kim

The leaders of the three North American countries are gathering Wednesday for the “Three Amigos Summit,” a meeting during which President Barack Obama and his counterparts will discuss a wide variety of interests the nations share.

The discussions will likely include public assurances that the recent decision by United Kingdom voters to withdraw from the European Union will not have overly damaging impact domestically.

If Great Britain goes, so could the English language

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Sally Herships

Trying to do business internationally can feel like working on the Tower of Babel. But Andy Molinsky, a professor of international management and organizational behavior at Brandeis University's International Business School, said there's a common fix. 

Why Americans feel the economy is rigged

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Nancy Marshall-Genzer

We asked a new question in our Marketplace-Edison Research Poll — this time, whether the U.S. economy is rigged in favor of certain groups. 

Almost 71 percent of the people we polled said yes.

I visited a family in Long Island to find out why people feel this way. The streets in their town of Franklin Square are lined with cozy, Cape Cod-style homes.

I stop at Alexandra Singh Shergill’s house.

She's 24. She just graduated from college with a business degree. She's now living at home and working at Barnes & Noble. She's convinced the economy is rigged.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about Clinton's speech on using technology to help grow the U.S. economy; a hack on Mark Zuckerberg, Channing Tatum and Sundar Pichai by the group Our Mine;  and Apple's new patent that would disable photo and video recording capabilities in specific places. 

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Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about Wednesday's European Union meeting in Brussels; the latest results from our economic anxiety poll, which reveal that 71 percent of Americans think the economy is rigged; and the possibility of an English-less European Union. 

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