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Mr. Smithson Goes To Washington: The Life And Death Of The Man Who Changed D.C.

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A Smithsonian official holds James Smithson’s skull, when Smithson's body was exhumed in Genoa, Italy, and brought to the U.S. to be placed in a crypt in the Smithsonian castle in 1904-5.
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A Smithsonian official holds James Smithson’s skull, when Smithson's body was exhumed in Genoa, Italy, and brought to the U.S. to be placed in a crypt in the Smithsonian castle in 1904-5.

James Smithson was a man dedicated to learning not just about science and the environment, but also about almost everything else. Smithson donated the money to create the Smithsonian Institution in the mid-19th century. It's one the stories told in a new edition of the book "On this Spot: Pinpointing the Past in Washington, D.C." Metro Connection host Rebecca Sheir recently met Paul Dickson, one of the authors of the book, to learn about the Englishman whose generosity changed D.C.

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Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.
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Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.
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President Obama's Favorite County — At Least When it Comes to Giving Speeches

President Obama has visited Prince George's County, MD, four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African American majority, and also happens to be very close to the White House.
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Ohio's Law Against Political Lying Heads To Supreme Court

Can a state law prevent political campaigns from doling out misinformation? Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from The Plain Dealer's Sabrina Eaton.

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