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Teddy Roosevelt's 'Bully Pulpit' Isn't The Platform It Once Was

Roosevelt described the power of the presidency to shape public opinion as "The Bully Pulpit." That's also the title of a new book from presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, in which she explains the unique relationships Roosevelt forged with reporters.
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Far From Diwali's Lights, The Warm Glow Of Home

South Asian communities around the world are celebrating good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, light over darkness. Sunday is Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. The holiday isn't well-known in the U.S., though, so families rely on themselves to keep the tradition alive.
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Scientist's Scuba Trip Sparks Search For 'Vanished' WWII Plane

On Sept. 1, 1944, a B-24 bomber went down in the South Pacific. The wreckage, and the airmen, seemed to disappear. Almost 50 years later, a scientist on vacation in Palau found an airplane wing and went on an obsessive, decade-long quest to find what happened to the plane. Author Wil S. Hylton joins NPR to discuss his new book on the mystery.
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Lincoln's 272 Words, A Model Of Brevity For Modern Times

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation has asked presidents, poets and sailors aboard the USS Lincoln to write their own 272 words on the Gettysburg Address, or another subject of their choice. NPR's Scott Simon shares the piece he wrote for the exhibit commemorating 150 years since Lincoln's famous (and famously brief) speech.
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Churchill's Dirty Tricks Squad

As England was fighting for its life against the Nazis, the British government sent its most charming spies — including Roald Dahl, Ian Fleming, Noel Coward and David Ogilvy — to America to blackmail, bully and cajol the U.S. into the war effort. Host Scott Simon speaks with author Jennet Conant about her book, The Irregulars, and the British spy ring that operated in Washington, D.C., during World War II.
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Wil Hylton: "Vanished"

After World War II, the U.S. government declared 73,000 soldiers MIA. The search for the missing men and the ongoing quest by explorers and scientists to bring closure to families.

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"Ask A Slave" With Azie Dungey

When D.C. native Azie Dungey returned to the region after college, she found work as an interpreter for local historic sites. As an African-American telling the story of a slave at Mount Vernon, she was asked questions both absurd and...

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Hitler's Gestapo Chief Lies In Jewish Cemetery, Scholar Says

The fate of Nazi war criminal Heinrich Mueller, who led Adolf Hitler's Gestapo, has long been a mystery. A historian says he's traced Mueller to a Jewish cemetery in Berlin. If confirmed, the discovery would end 68 years of uncertainty about the man who ran the secret police.
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Boldly Going In Search Of... The USS Enterprise

One of the most iconic spacecraft in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is tucked away in a basement gift shop.

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Broadway-Bound Musical 'If/Then' Injects New Energy Into National Theatre

D.C.'s historic National Theatre is returning to its roots with the world premiere of "If/Then," a new musical that's heading to Broadway in spring 2014.

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