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    • The Fire That Changed America
    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
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    On March 25, 1911, as workers were getting ready to leave for the day, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York's Greenwich Village. Within minutes it spread to consume the building's upper three stories. Firemen who arrived at the scene were unable to rescue those trapped inside: their ladders simply weren't tall enough. People on the street watched in horror as desperate workers jumped to their deaths. It was the worst disaster in New York City history.

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    • Interesting but Loong

    • By JAS on 04-21-18

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    • The Opioid Crisis Is a Government Failure of Epic Proportions

    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    President Trump deserves credit for ringing the alarm bell on the crisis of opioid abuse. In 2016, more Americans died of opioid overdoses than were killed in the Vietnam War. This appalling statistic is a key factor in the recent, shocking decline in U.S. life expectancy.

    "The Opioid Crisis Is a Government Failure of Epic Proportions" is from the March 02, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Rise to Greatness

    • Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year
    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
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    As 1862 dawned, the American republic was at death’s door. The federal government appeared overwhelmed, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Union’s top general was gravely ill. The Confederacy - with its booming economy, expert military leadership, and commanding position on the battlefield - had a clear view to victory. To a remarkable extent, the survival of the country depended on the judgment, cunning, and resilience of the unschooled frontier lawyer who had recently been elected president. Twelve months later, the Civil War had become a cataclysm but the tide had turned.

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    • Excellent Deep Dive into 1862

    • By Bubba Smith on 01-13-16

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    • The Disinformation Factory Threatening National Security

    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    “Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it,” wrote Jonathan Swift more than 300 years ago. What would he have said in the age of Twitter?

    "The Disinformation Factory Threatening National Security" is from the February 16, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Most Profound Broadcast in Human History Came from Space

    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Apollo 8 is having a moment. Fifty years after NASA launched the most audacious gamble in its history, this overshadowed milestone of human exploration is the subject of books by Jeffrey Kluger and Robert Kurson and an award-winning short documentary by filmmaker and musician Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee. Its timing could not be more perfect.

    "The Most Profound Broadcast in Human History Came from Space" is from the October 12, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • The Rot in USA Gymnastics Goes Beyond Larry Nassar

    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Reading the many outraged responses to the sex-abuse scandal in elite women's gymnastics was a gratifying experience at first. Charles P. Pierce, a virtuoso of excoriation unexcelled since H.L. Mencken, set the tone with his bracing essay for Sports Illustrated titled: "Burn It All Down: It's Time for Every Coward Who Enabled Larry Nassar to Pay for Their Sins."

    "The Rot in USA Gymnastics Goes Beyond Larry Nassar" is from the January 26, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • John Mccain Isn’t the Ideal Messenger. He’s the Ideal Message.

    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    In a matter of months, maybe weeks, maybe days, the president of the United States will try to speak for the nation on the death of Sen. John S. McCain III. At 81 , McCain has been the model of stoic virtue in reckoning with his terminal brain cancer, so this prediction will neither surprise nor offend him. “What is your life?” asks the Book of James, Chapter 4, verse 14. “You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

    "John Mccain Isn’t the Ideal Messenger. He’s the Ideal Message." is from the May 04, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Beware the Long-Lost Threat of Inflation

    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 5 mins
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    "Beware the Long-Lost Threat of Inflation" is from the June 15, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • Shakespeare Was Right: America Should Beware Debt

    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Miraculous Mr. Shakespeare is at his subtle best, methinks, when he has Polonius, the old blowhard, pour out the sum of his wisdom to Laertes, his departing son, in “Hamlet.” The speech captures one of the essential facts of a father’s life: that the distillate of one’s life experiences makes rather weak tea when we try to put it into words. We can picture the son’s eyes darting impatiently toward his waiting ship as his father prattles on about friendship, money management, proper attire and so on, until he finally finishes, 26 lines later, with the famous flourish: “To thine own self be true / And it must follow, as the night the day, / Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

    "Shakespeare Was Right: America Should Beware Debt" is from the April 13, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • From Net Neutrality to Digital Privacy, Congress Does Diddly

    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The Founding Fathers would be gobsmacked by an iPhone (although I bet Ben Franklin would catch on quickly). Yet if we asked them what branch of government should take the lead in adapting policy to a revolution in technology, they would say that’s a job for Congress.

    "From Net Neutrality to Digital Privacy, Congress Does Diddly" is from the November 28, 2017 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Racial Segregation Doesn’t Just Belong to the South. It Belongs to All of Us.

    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    History means remembering, but it also involves forgetting. The hurly-burly of daily life is gradually shaped into a tidy tale of causes and effects, heroes and villains — much as a jagged stone is smoothed under rushing water.

    "Racial Segregation Doesn’t Just Belong to the South. It Belongs to All of Us." is from the March 27, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • History’s Win-Win for the Marginalized

    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    An eternal engine of politics, rooted deep in the human psyche, is the tension between fear of scarcity and hope for abundance.

    "History’s Win-Win for the Marginalized" is from the February 23, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Democrats Have Themselves to Blame for Trump’s Judicial Juggernaut

    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    If only diamonds are forever, federal judges are the next-best thing. They form the nuclear isotope of a presidency, radiating energy long after their patrons have left the White House. Article III of the Constitution establishes the judiciary as an independent branch of the government, but who wields judicial power is dependent on who occupies the Oval Office.

    "Democrats Have Themselves to Blame for Trump’s Judicial Juggernaut" is from the August 28, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • They Were Immigrants — and Real American Heroes

    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Before the burgers and beer, let’s take a few minutes to think about what it is that Memorial Day commemorates.

    "They Were Immigrants — and Real American Heroes" is from the May 27, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • All the Trumpians’ Lies Have One Thing in Common

    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The many modes of mendacity inside the Trump circle would be amusing if the team were not in possession of the nuclear launch codes. Allowing any of these people to give sworn testimony is like handing a fork to a toddler and pointing her toward an electrical outlet. Foreign policy advisers George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, campaign operative Rick Gates, attorney Michael Cohen, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, international go-between Alex van der Zwaan, Russian fixer Konstantin Kilimnik: The list is so long, it feels like an Oscars speech. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is now in double-dutch because prosecutors say he lied when he promised to stop lying.

    "All the Trumpians’ Lies Have One Thing in Common" is from the December 08, 2018 Op-Ed section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Democrats Haven’t Been This Confident Since... 2016

    • By: David Von Drehle
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Ding-dong, 2018 is finally here, and with it the chance for Democrats to take their archenemy, Donald Trump, down a peg. Talk swirls of winning the House of Representatives, even halting the juggernaut of conservative judges streaming through the Senate. Trump is so unpopular! Why, Democrats are more confident than I’ve seen them since . . .Since Nov. 8, 2016.

    "Democrats Haven’t Been This Confident Since... 2016" is from the December 29, 2017 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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