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How A Bald-Faced Bluff May Have Saved Reagan National Airport After 9/11

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Reagan National Airport is bustling now, but it was almost permanently closed in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks.
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Reagan National Airport is bustling now, but it was almost permanently closed in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks.

At almost any time on almost any day, an airport is filled with sounds: PA announcements over the loudspeakers, the omnipresent click-clack of rolling luggage and, of course, the airplanes themselves.

But for several weeks after the September 11th attacks, the airport, was empty.

With the 9th anniversary of the attacks coming up, David Schultz has this story of just how close Reagan National came to being closed forever.

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Franzen's Latest Novel: An Ambitious But Tarnished 'Purity'

Jonathan Franzen weaves together a cavalcade of stories and characters in his latest novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan says that despite its breadth, Purity fails to "emotionally move the reader."
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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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