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New Document Sheds Light On Lincoln's Last Hours

While sifting through boxes of documents at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., researcher Helena Iles Papaioannou of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project came across one report that was particularly interesting. The hand-written, first-person account came from a young doctor who happened to be in attendance at Ford's Theater on the evening of the assassination. The 23-year-old Army surgeon, Charles Leale, was the first to come to the president's aid, and stayed with him through the night until Lincoln passed away in the early hours of the morning. Robert Siegel speaks with Papaioannou about the finding and its significance.
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The Storied History Of A Tunisian Tuna Pastry Called Bric

The Tunisian bric is just one of many stuffed pastries eaten daily across the former Ottoman Empire. For centuries, every new civilization, empire, religion, trade route and movement of people added its own twist and claimed a version as their own.
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Frances Osborne: "Park Lane"

The latest novel by British author Frances Osborne has been compared with "Downton Abbey." Based in part on her own family history, it features two women of different classes whose lives collide in a London townhouse in the early 20th century.

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President Obama's Unpalatable Options In Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad denied responsibility for the massacre that left more than 100 people dead in Houla in May. Pressure mounts on the Obama administration to consider a more aggressive response to the violence that has plagued Syria for more than a year.
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Political Implications Of Today's Generation Gap

Some say the gap between younger and older Americans over economic, social and political issues is wider than at any time since the the 1960s. We explore what this could mean for federal spending priorities and the outcome of the 2012 election.

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Elie Wiesel, Morgan Freeman Honored With Lincoln Medal

The Ford's Theatre Society heralded two notable humanitarians at their annual Lincoln Medal of Honor awards ceremony June 3.

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'Shadow': New Light On Islamic History

Islam is conventionally thought to have arisen in the Arabian desert, free from any outside influences. But a new book by historian Tom Hollander provides some surprising historical context — and an origin story quite different from the one most people know.
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Queen Sails Through Diamond Jubilee

Hundreds of thousands crowded the banks of the Thames Sunday to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II leading a flotilla of a thousand boats to mark her 60-year reign.
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A Parasite Pie Fit For A Queen's Diamond Jubilee

The city of Gloucester will be giving Queen Elizabeth II a traditional lamprey pie for her Diamond Jubilee. But lampreys are scarce in Gloucester. What are they to do?
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Backyard Planet Gazing - The Transit of Venus

On June 5 at 6:03 p.m., Venus will appear as a small black dot floating across the surface of the sun. We explore the history and science of the Transit of Venus.

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