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"Mars Day" At The National Air And Space Museum

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After some record-breaking temperatures this month we head to a whole other, and generally cooler, world.

From its distant ice caps to volcanoes that rise 20 kilometers into its thin atmosphere, the planet Mars has often captured the imagination, at least that's how the scientists at the National Air and Space Museum see it. As they get ready to launch into Mars Day, writer Andrew Hiller went down to the museum to see what makes this event really take off.

Andrew Hiller is a writer with one eye on the sky. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum presents Mars Day on Friday, July 16th.

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.
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Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

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Computer Guys and Gal

Chrysler recalls cars to boost their cybersecurity. Microsoft debuts its new Windows 10 operating system. And navigation tech could bring us robotic lawn mowers. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

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