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Science Diction: The Origin Of The Word 'Epilepsy'

Humans have long suffered from epilepsy, the neurological disorder hallmarked by sudden seizures. Medical historian Howard Markel discusses the condition's names through the millenia, from the "sacred disease" of ancient texts to its description as "the falling sickness" in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
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Wanna Live Forever? Become A Noun

Joseph Guillotin, Henry Shrapnel and Jules Leotard became immortal — by entering the English language. But when your entire life is reduced to a single definition, the results are sometimes upsetting.
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Bill O'Reilly: 'Abraham Lincoln Was Our Best Leader'

In Killing Lincoln, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard explore the life, death and legacy of America's 16th president. "I think Abraham Lincoln would be proud of his country today," O'Reilly says.
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'Heart And Soul': An African-American History

Illustrator and author Kadir Nelson tells the African-American story — from Colonial times through the civil rights movement — in his new children's book, Heart and Soul.
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Solving The Riddle Of The Grand Canyon's Formation

The Grand Canyon may seem to be a simple case of "river carves rock," but to geologists, its formation is still puzzling. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the canyon's mysteries, and the scientific sleuthing being done to solve them--millions of years after the Colorado River carried off the evidence.
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37 Years And Halfway Through Encyclopaedia Iranica

In 1974, Columbia University Professor Ehsan Yarshater began a comprehensive encyclopedia of Iranian history. Now, he's 91 years old and at the letter 'K.' Guest host Jacki Lyden discusses the project's scope and significance with Yarshater and contributor Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, director of the Roshan Center for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland.
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NPS Commemorates Fort Marcy

The National Park Service commemorated Fort Marcy, a key point in defending the nation's capital against Confederate forces.

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Arlington National Cemetery Sees Fixes

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After reports of mismanagement marred assessments last year, the Army's Inspector General reports that operations at Arlington National Cemetery have improved considerably.

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