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'Train Of Small Mercies': RFK's Last Journey Imagined

David Rowell's debut novel puts public and personal timelines alongside each other as he recounts June 8, 1968. That's the day a train made a slow, momentous journey from New York to Washington, D.C., to deliver the body of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy for burial beside his slain brother.
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Basketball Legend Shares 'Charmed, Tormented Life'

Jerry West is literally the symbol of the National Basketball Association; his silhouette is the NBA's logo. Host Scott Simon talks to the former player about his life both on and off the court, documented in his new memoir, West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life.
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Catherine The Great: First She Read, Then She Ruled

Biographer Robert Massie explains how Catherine II read books to escape the misery of her unhappy marriage. When she became empress in 1762, she championed the ideals of the French Enlightenment during her 34-year reign over Russia.
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A Global History, Told Through '100 Objects'

In the book A History of the World in 100 Objects, the director of the British Museum chose 100 objects from his institution's collection of thousands to tell a surprisingly comprehensive history of the world.
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What's The Defining Moment Of Your Generation?

Demographers divide generations by birth year. But each group has also been shaped by the news, music and major cultural events of its era. So what really distinguishes a baby boomer from a Generation Xer, a millennial from a member of the silent generation? Share your defining moments.
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At 75, 'Life' Revisits Its First Cover Story

A hefty anniversary book looks back at the best of Life, including its controversial cover story.
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In Scott's Race To The Pole, Science Beat Speed

A hundred years ago, two teams were racing to the South Pole. The Norwegian team led by Roald Amundsen made it first, beating British explorer Robert Scott. But only Scott did pioneering science--and photography--along the way. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the achievements of the first Antarctic expeditions.
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Reagan Statue Installed At Airport

A new 9-foot-tall statue of Ronald Reagan now preside over Terminal A at Reagan National Airport.

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$10M Donation For White House History Center

The White House Historical Association has received a $10 million donation for a center on White House history in downtown D.C.

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