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The 'Curse' of the Hope Diamond

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The Hope Diamond is the world's most famous diamond.
The Smithsonian
The Hope Diamond is the world's most famous diamond.

Legend has it a curse was cast on a large, blue diamond after it was stolen from the forehead of an idol in India. Rebecca Sheir visits the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and speaks with curator Jeffrey Post and historian Paul Dickson about the alleged curse, and whether it may have been connected to the ill fortune of the Diamond's last -- and most notorious -- private owner, Evalyn Walsh McLean.

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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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'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries — with culturally specific adaptations. The U.S., for instance, gets shorter noodles, because Americans don't slurp them up like the Japanese.
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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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Phone Emergency Alerts Will Begin Including Links, Phone Numbers

Regulators have voted to expand cellphone alerts to 360 characters from the previous cutoff at 90, and to begin including clickable URLs and phone numbers over the next year or so. But no photos, yet.

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