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200 Years Later, An American Warship Resurfaces

June 18 will mark 200 years since the start of the War of 1812. One of the most epic battles of that war took place in the Chesapeake Bay, only a few miles away from the young American capitol. A small, scrappy U.S. flotilla took on the British, who at the time had the world's largest and powerful Navy. The flotilla's flagship, the U.S.S. Scorpion, met a watery grave — but on the occasion of the bicentennial of the war, it is slated for excavation. Marine archaeologist and historian Donald Shomette joins Melissa Block to talk about the Scorpion and the fates of those who manned it.
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Neanderthals: The Oldest Cave Painters?

Reporting in Science, researchers write that a red disk painted in Spain's El Castillo cave is at least 40,800 years old--making it the oldest known European cave art. Archaeologist Alistair Pike discusses how his team dated the disk, and whether Neanderthals could have painted it.
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For 'Wiseguy' Henry Hill, Mobster 'Days Were Over'

Henry Hill, the mobster-turned-informant portrayed by Ray Liotta in the film Goodfellas, died on Tuesday. He was 69. Hill's colorful life was documented in Nicholas Pileggi's 1986 book Wiseguy, which later became the basis for the movie Goodfellas.
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Pigeon: Both Pest And Delicacy In Cairo And Beyond

The pigeon paradox is that they are both reviled as urban pests and revered as a delicacy when stuffed or broiled in many nations. And the birds we eat are specially bred, not raised on garbage on the street.
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Bethesda Diner Serves Up "Tastee" Late-Night Grub

We head to Tastee Diner in Bethesda to get some late-night grub and hear the history of a classic eatery that's been serving up comfort food since 1935.

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Picciotto's Supporters Push For National Peace Memorial

Concepcion Picciotto has maintained a peace vigil across from the White House for more than 30 years. Now, some of her supporters are pushing for the creation of a National Peace Memorial at the site of her protest.

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Local Libyan Honey Is Sweet, But Is It Good For What Ails Us?

The Revolutionary Road trip crew turns to The Salt for advice on whether some local Libyan honey could heal one member's upset stomach. The answer is probably not, but if it tastes good, we say, drink up.
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Fort McHenry Hosts 'Sailabration' For War Of 1812 Bicentennial

Fort McHenry in Baltimore is turning the bicentennial of the war of 1812 into a "sailabration" this weekend highlighting the fort, the city, and its military history. 

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The Untold Story Of Singer Bobby Charles

Charles was one of those rock 'n' roll figures whose work you're almost certainly familiar with, even if you've probably heard of him. He lived in isolation, recorded very little, didn't perform live and died in 2010. Rock historian Ed Ward looks at his memorable body of work.

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