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"American Panic:" Who Scares Us and Why

Since 1692, when three girls suffering from seizures in Salem, Massachusetts sparked a witch hunt, Americans have fallen victim to political panics. Unsubstantiated "facts" and absolutist language have combined to produce some of the country's lowest historic moments –- from slavery to the treatment of Muslims following 9/11. Kojo joins author Mark Stein to explore the roots of political panic, why it continues to occur, and how you can stay calm amid a politically-fueled firestorm.

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From American Panic by Mark Stein. Copyright © 2014 by the author and reprinted by permission of PALGRAVE MACMILLAN in the United States, a division of St. Martin’s Press, LLC.

American Panic


Christopher Marlowe Credited As Shakespeare's Co-Author On Henry VI Plays

True authorship of Shakespeare has been debated for centuries. Now, the New Oxford Shakespeare edition will list Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe as co-author on the three Henry VI plays, part one, two and three. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Florida State University professor Gary Taylor, one of the general editors of the new volume.

2,500 Years Ago, This Brew Was Buried With The Dead; A Brewery Has Revived It

In an ancient burial plot in what is now Germany, scientists uncovered a cauldron with remnants of an alcoholic beverage. They teamed up with a Milwaukee brewery to re-create the recipe.
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Do Hyper-Local Term Limits Work?

Montgomery County residents are voting this fall on term limits for their local council representatives. Are they picking up on lessons learned from Prince George's County?

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AT&T’s Proposed Acquisition Of Time Warner

AT&T’s bid to acquire Time Warner: Join us to talk about what the proposed merger of the country’s second-largest wireless carrier and a major content company could mean for consumers and the future of U-S media and telecommunications.

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