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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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Future Of Lost Graves At Fort Ward Unknown

Alexandria city leaders are finishing up archeology of long-forgotten African-American graves at Fort Ward Park. And now, opinions are divided about what should happen next.

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"Lawless:" The Real Story Of Virginia Bootleggers

Hollywood's movie "Lawless" opens later this month. It's based on the real-life story of a notorious Virginia bootlegging family. We get the story from a true insider.

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Meet A Man On A Mission To Save Rare And Unusual Figs

Bassem Samaan of Bethlehem, Pa., is on a quest to save rare varieties of figs often growing unnoticed, right under our noses in neighbors' backyards. He's donated some of his finds to a government-backed fruit tree preserve in California.
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Student 'Subversives' And The FBI's 'Dirty Tricks'

Journalist Seth Rosenfeld spent three decades pursuing government documents about the FBI's undercover operation in Berkeley, Calif., during the student protest movements in the '60s. His new book details how the FBI "used dirty tricks to stifle dissent on campus" and influenced Ronald Reagan's politics.
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Volunteers Work to Save D.C.'S Oldest Monuments

Washington's oldest monuments, its Boundary Stones, have nearly been forgotten. But a group of engineers, preservationists and history buffs is working to change that.

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From Stone To (Bright Red) Structure: A Tour of the Seneca Quarry

We visit the historic but nearly-forgotten Seneca Quarry, which provided the bright red sandstone for one of Washington's most famous buildings.

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Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor" (Rebroadcast)

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

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