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The Night A Computer Predicted The Next President

Sixty years ago, computers were used for the first time to predict the outcome of a presidential race. CBS used the UNIVAC, one of the first commercial computers, on loan. The prediction was spot on, but a decade passed before the computer's potential was finally realized on election night.
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Around The River Bend, A Flood Of History

NPR's Jacki Lyden grew up with the Bark River in her backyard. She left the Wisconsin waterway unexplored, until recently. Floating down the river in a canoe with a historian, Lyden discovered a story that stretches from the Ice Age and the Black Hawk War to churning 19th-century mills.
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Millennia Of Stargazing At 'African Cosmos' Exhibit

An ongoing exhibition at the National Museum of African Art asks visitors to consider the connections between art and science — and the ways both disciplines help us explore the why, when and how of our existence. Artifacts in the exhibition show that we've been wondering about the stars for millennia.
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Federalist Papers Mark 225 Years Of Prominence

The first of The Federalist Papers were published 225 years ago this weekend. Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Jon Meacham about their importance and relevance today.
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Closing Courthouse Brought Moonshiners To Justice

Moonshine used to be big business in the South, an illegal business that also kept the federal courthouses busy. Now one of those facilities, once on the front lines of the war on homemade booze, is shutting down.
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A History Of Electoral Dysfunction

Electoral dysfunction -- including fraud and voter suppression -- isn't new. We speak with three eminent historians, also known as the American History Guys, about how today's presidential election compares with those of the past.

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Butchers And The "Head-To-Tail" Movement

A growing "head-to-tail" movement is extolling the virtues of the other parts of the animal, such as the brains, liver and heart. We explore the virtues of "offal," and the economics of modern butchery.

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The Location: Is Historic Heurich House Actually Haunted?

We visit the Heurich House, D.C.'s so-called "Brewmaster's Castle," to hear the many ghost stories swirling around the home, and find out whether these chilling tales are actually true.

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