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New Claims Link Fort Detrick To Cancer Victims

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When doctors told Randy White his daughter's cancer was most likely caused by environmental factors, he began to question the area where she lived -- not far from Fort Detrick. That's where ground water chemical contamination, and the testing of Agent Orange back in the '60s led many to suspect the facility was the source of high rates of cancer in the area.

In the past four years, White has spent nearly $500,000 of his own money to find out what happened and why. Today he says he's found a confirmed link between the cancer clusters and the facility.

"Two of the experts came back and said this: that the footprints from the dioxin from the blood samples taken from victims lead back to Fort Detrick," he says.

Fort Detrick has admitted that the Army tested Agent Orange on base. But officials say they don't have information about exactly how much was used and where.

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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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