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First Radio Commercial Hit Airwaves 90 Years Ago

Reporter John McDonough reports how AT&T ran the first-ever radio commercial on its station WEAF in New York 90 years ago this week. It changed the way broadcast was economically structured.
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MLK Memorial Quote Controversy To Be Put To Rest In September

On the first anniversary of the public unveiling of the memorial dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr., it was announced that a controversial paraphrasing of a King quote will be replaced.

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Readers' Review: "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" By Geraldine Brooks

Join Diane and her guests for our October Readers’ Review of Geraldine Brooks' novel, "Year of Wonders." It's based on the true story of measures taken by the residents of a small 17th-century English town to protect themselves and others from the plague.

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Memorable Moments From Political Conventions Past

While many voters complain that modern political conventions offer little more than over-scripted political theater, most nominating conventions provide a handful of moments to remember. NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin takes a look back at highlights from political conventions throughout history.
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In India, 100-Year-Old Lunch Delivery Service Goes Modern

If you work in an office in India, lunch might travel through a complex network of kitchens, bicycle deliverymen and train stations before ending up on your desk. Dabba wallahs have been delivering meals for a century, but over the years, lunchbox fare has changed dramatically.
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On A Quest To Roll Out The Bourbon Barrel And Fill It With Hot Sauce

Finding a good-sized, inexpensive barrel, previously used to age bourbon, is not so easy, as a hot sauce maker on the hunt found out. But they can be found, and when they are, these barrels experience a remarkable afterlife.
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Mapping The Birthplace Of Modern Languages

Reporting in Science, researchers write that many of today's most widely spoken languages, like English, Spanish and Hindi, can be traced back to ancient tongues in present-day Turkey. Evolutionary biologist Quentin Atkinson talks about investigating language evolution using the same methods geneticists use to trace flu virus outbreaks.
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History Comes Alive At The Bladensburg Visitors Center

The Battle of Bladensburg was not America's finest moment in the War of 1812, but it's important part of D.C. area history, and one residents can learn about at the new visitor's center.

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