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Smithsonian Hires National Geographic Executive

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The Smithsonian Institution has hired National Geographic Executive Christopher Liedel to become president of the profit-making arm of the museum complex.

Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough named Liedel to the post, which will oversee a media division that includes Smithsonian Magazine and the Smithsonian Channel on cable television, as well as retail businesses such as museum stores, IMAX theaters, food services and travel programs.

Liedel has been with National Geographic for 16 years, most recently as executive vice president and CFO. He assisted with the launch of National Geographic channels and publishing businesses.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

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