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'Cocaine For Snowblindness': What Polar Explorers Packed For First Aid

The list of items that early Antarctic explorers like Sir Ernest Shackleton and Robert F. Scott packed in their medical kits reads like a "witch's grimoire." Along with strange items like fish swim bladders and 'gold-beater's skin" were psycho-active drugs believed to be medically useful.
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The Location: A Carriage House With A Dramatic Past Gets a New Lease On Life

In our monthly segment on the hidden history of D.C.'s people and places, we visit an old carriage house in Blagden Alley to hear about its dramatic past and how it's being renovated.

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Bonnie And Clyde's Guns, Other Items Go On Auction

Nearly 80 years after the deaths of bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde, a few "tools of their trade" are going up for auction. The Colt .45 and .38 Special pistols that Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker carried when they died could each fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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Oktoberfest And Seasonal Beer

As the cool weather settles in and the leaves start to turn, it's time to grab a sweater and a beer stein and head out to Oktoberfest. Kojo explores the autumn beers on tap in our area.

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DC Public Libraries

Amid fanfare over the many new and renovated libraries around the District, debate continues over what to do with the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, designed by modern master Mies van der Rohe.

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Op-Ed: Emancipation Proclamation A 'Huge' Risk

In The New York Times, history professor Richard Striner disagrees that too much emphasis has been placed on the Emancipation Proclamation. Rather, he argues, "the truth is that Lincoln's proclamation was ... a huge gamble by a leader who sought to be — and who became — America's great liberator."
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'New Deal' Town Turns 75, Utopian Ideals Long Gone

Roosevelt, N.J., born in the economic tumult of the 1930s, was designed to be a utopia: Bauhaus-style ranch homes built around the communal industry and agriculture. It was one of 99 cities the federal government built. On the town's 75th birthday, the results of that experiment are mixed.
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Harlem Hosts First Strokes Of Emancipation

The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, issued 100 days before the formal document, is on display starting this weekend in Harlem. In its simplest form, the manuscript represents freedom from slavery, but President Abraham Lincoln was also trying to strike a delicate balance.

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