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Chicago Tries To Up Its Chances Of Hosting Obama's Presidential Library

The University of Chicago's's plan to build the library on parkland it doesn't own is a sticking point. The foundation overseeing the competition wants to pick a host university by the end of March.
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X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

Scientists have used a particle accelerator to read ancient scrolls without unrolling them. The breakthrough could potentially be used to decipher hundreds of texts.
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Virginia Searches For A New State Song

Robert Siegel speaks with Professor James "Bud" Robertson about his campaign to help his home state of Virginia find its missing state song.
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'State Of The Union Machine' Patches Together Speeches Of Presidents Past

The "State of the Union Machine" randomly generates text based on different presidents' actual speeches. Their words and phrases can be patched together to create a multi-administration text.
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Obama Joins Ike, The Gipper, Bill And George II In A Club No One Wants To Be In

Clinton began his seventh year with a unique if dubious distinction: He was the only president ever to give a State of the Union speech with impeachment charges pending against him in the Senate.
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State Of The Union Will Tout Progress, But Is The Economy Fixed?

The economy has improved greatly since President Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009. But is his economic legacy impressive enough to justify taking a victory lap during his State of the Union address?
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Beware Of Japanese Balloon Bombs

During World War II, the Japanese aimed thousands of wind-borne explosives at North America. To this day, many have not been accounted for.
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Cold Casing: The Mystery Of The Long-Lost Winchester Rifle

For archaeologist Eva Jensen, a happenstance find in Nevada has turned into an in-depth quest. Since stumbling across a Winchester rifle manufactured in 1882, she and other researchers have been seeking to unravel the mysteries behind it.
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In 'Selma,' British Actor Brings Outsider's Perspective To MLK

David Oyelowo talks about playing Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oscar-nominated film Selma — as well as the LBJ controversy, slavery and how he learned about what it's like to be black in America.
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What The Press Got Right — And Wrong — About MLK In His Lifetime

Robert Siegel talks with Hank Klibanoff, co-author of The Race Beat, about how Martin Luther King Jr. was viewed by the press in the early days, and how its assessments changed over time.

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