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Before The D-Day Invasion, Double Talk And Deceit

In his new book Double Cross, Ben MacIntyre recounts the story of the huge deception staged by the Allies before D-Day to hide the invasion target from the Germans. MacIntyre speaks to NPR's Scott Simon about the plan and the eccentric characters who carried it out.
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The Opening Ceremonies In London: From The Industrial Revolution To Voldemort

The London Olympics opened Friday with a ceremony that was full of spectacle and pride and, unfortunately, some not-so-good television commentary.
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Carolyn Hax And Nick Galifianakis: Tell Me About It

It's not your grandmother's advice column: Words of wisdom from Carolyn Hax and Nick Galifianakis.

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Two Films Shoot Past Realism To Weirder Territory

Ruby Sparks and Killer Joe tell of an author who conjures a woman from his typewriter and a corrupt detective hired to kill an aging mother, respectively. But Fresh Air's David Edelstein says the films share a common trait: Both take their stories beyond common reality to more fascinating parts of the psyche.
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In '1493,' Uncovering The World Columbus Discovered

When Columbus crossed the Atlantic in 1492, his journey prompted the exchange of not only information but also food, animals, insects, plants and disease between the continents. In a new book, Charles C. Mann describes the aftermath of Columbus' arrival in the Americas.
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New Chief For Smithsonian Natural History Museum

A paleontologist from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has been tapped to take over curation of the Smithsonian natural history museum in Washington. 

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National Digital Library Effort Gets $1M

A national arts funding organization is hoping to jump start an effort to digitize a national library with a $1 million grant.

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Honoring The Games, And The Past, With Poetry

In the days of the ancient Greeks, poetry and sport went hand in hand at athletic festivals like the Olympics. Morning Edition is reviving that tradition with the Poetry Games. We've invited poets to compose original works celebrating the Olympics. You will judge who should win the victor's crown.

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