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Library Of Congress Adds More Songs To National Registry

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Vaudeville star Jack Norworth was riding a subway train in New York in 1908 when he saw a sign: "Baseball today...Polo Grounds." It inspired him to write a song that became the sport's unofficial anthem.

The original recording of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" is one of 25 such tapes that will be added to National Recordings Registry in 2011.

Another is Tammy Wynette's 1968 country hit "Stand By Your Man," which angered more than a few in the feminist movement. The song has been covered numerous times, most famously -- or infamously -- by the title characters in the 1980 film "The Blues Brothers".

Congress created the recording registry in 2000 to ensure significant audio recordings aren't lost.

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Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation say they've identified four men buried in the earliest English church in America.
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The Democracy Of The Diner

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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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Twitter Faces Challenges As It tries To Balance Profitability, Popularity

The social network Twitter is popular with users, but that's not enough. It also needs to be profitable, and by its 140-character nature that's a challenge.

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