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The Competing Interests Behind Smokey Bear And The Crying Indian

The company behind iconic public service campaigns like Smokey Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog has been around since the 1940s. But how much is really known about the Ad Council? Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks to author Wendy Melillo about her book How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America.
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Forget Shutdown, How About Kimmel & Kanye Showdown?

From the government shutdown to Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel's showdown, the Barbershop guys weigh in on the week's hot topics.
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Bill Bryson: "One Summer: America, 1927"

Bestselling author Bill Bryson joins us to talk about his newest book, "One Summer: America, 1927." He details the events that transfixed the nation in that year including Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight, Babe Ruth in the batter's box and epic floods in the Mississippi basin. Join us to talk about America in 1927 and how many of the key news stories of that year resonate today.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Coming Of Age

This week we'll bring you stories of how we grow up, grow wise, and come into our own.

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Neil MacGregor: "Shakespeare's Restless World: A Portrait Of An Era In Twenty Objects"

The author of "A History of the World in 100 Objects" talks with Diane about his newest work of historical reconstruction. In it, he presents 20 objects -- from a rapier and dagger found on the shore of the Thames to a "magical" mirror -- that illustrate the dynamic period in late 16th century England that produced William Shakespeare.

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Proposed Power Lines Tangle With Native American History

The Bonneville Power Administration is trying to string a new transmission line project near a cave that contains ancient paintings. The site is considered sacred by Northwest tribes, and one landowner says, "These cultural sites are worth protecting."
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'12 Years' Star Alfre Woodard: 'You're Never Too Young For The Truth'

Actress Alfre Woodard missed out on an Emmy last night for her role in 'Steel Magnolias,' but she's got plenty of other golden statues to comfort her. She's also generating buzz for the upcoming film '12 Years a Slave.' Woodard takes us behind the scenes of that film, and offers some wisdom about the acting business.
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Benjamin Franklin Never Said That

Professor Corey Robin got tired of looking up famous quotes to find they were spoken by someone else. Robin, of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, named the phenomenon Wrongfully Attributed Statements — or WAS — and wrote about it for the Chronicle of Higher Education. He speaks with host Rachel Martin.
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No Schmear Job: A Brief History Of Bagels And Lox

The origin of the bagel "is somewhat mysterious," says a writer who recently explored the topic. What is unquestionable is that bagel met and married lox in New York. But as in so many modern unions, both partners came to the marriage with plenty of baggage.
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Interactive Video Aims To Improve Hiring For Veterans

We visit the set of a a new interactive video aiming to smooth out the hiring process for veterans transitioning to civilian life.

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