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John Muller: "Mark Twain In Washington, D.C."

Young Mark Twain, on the cusp of fame as an author, worked as a D.C. journalist for several months in 1867 and 1868. While he's closely linked to the banks of the Mississippi and his home in Connecticut, Twain's time as a capital correspondent is often overlooked. We find out how his short stay in the city shaped his career and trademark satirical style, and discover shadows of Twain's D.C. in the modern District.

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Excerpted from "Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent" by John Muller. Copyright © 2013 by John Muller. Excerpted by permission of The History Press. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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In Iran, A Poet's 700-Year-Old Verses Still Set Hearts Aflame

The 14th century Persian poet Hafez remains venerated in Iran, even though he wrote of wine, romance and other topics not necessarily welcome in today's Islamic Republic.
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Buy Crop Insurance, Double Your Money

The nation's crop insurance program is really a lottery, says one economist. And it's rigged so that farmers win. In fact, farmers typically get back double the money they pay for premiums.
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The Politics Hour - February 12, 2016

D.C. Council Member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood to chat about her upcoming fight for re-election.

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Do You Like Me? Swiping Leads To Spike In Online Dating For Young Adults

A study by the Pew Research Center finds the use of online dating sites has mushroomed in the past few years, particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds.

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