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Smithsonian Creates Database Of Digitize Content

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The Smithsonian Institution is creating searchable databases of digitized content from the museum and research complex. The archiving for those databases will begin with the content of Smithsonian and Air and Space magazines. Selected museum collections will follow, covering such topics as American history, science, world cultures and art.

Eventually, users will be able to search all the Smithsonian collections at once. The materials will be digitized by the Gale division of Kentucky-based Cengage Learning. Access to the databases will be sold to libraries, universities and research centers. In return, the Smithsonian will be paid royalties for the content.

Cengage's other content partners include the Library of Congress, the British Library, the National Archives, presidential libraries and National Geographic.

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

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