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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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'NeuroTribes' Examines The History — And Myths — Of The Autism Spectrum

Steve Silberman talks about how Nazi extermination plans and a discredited scientific paper about childhood vaccines shaped our current understanding of autism.
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The Democracy Of The Diner (Rebroadcast)

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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Hillary Clinton's Fight For Gefilte Fish

Among the thousands Hillary Clinton's emails released this week, there was a particularly fishy one.
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Environmental Outlook: How To Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says traffic in the U.S. is worse than it's been in years. But some say there are reasons to be optimistic. For this month's Environmental Outlook: How revitalized urban centers and new modes of transportation are changing how we get around our cities.

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