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    • A Century-Old Boston Christmas Tree Tradition Costs Canadians Big Money

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    On Thursday, Boston will light up its Christmas tree - an annual gift from the people of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in memory of a long-ago gesture of kindness.

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    • Strike It Rich (Without Marrying for Money) by Finding Hidden Jane Austen Art

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    The concept is relatively simple: An engraver named Graham Short has created micro-portraits of Jane Austen on four British £5 notes in honor of the 200th anniversary of her death in 2017. Short, who is known for his extremely tiny art, engraved the four unique, nearly invisible portraits on the transparent part of the fivers, which were recently introduced as plastic bills.

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    • Loneliness Can Damage Health, Triggering Inflammation and Neurological Changes

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    It turns out that feeling lonely can do more than make you sad: It can predict the way your body will respond to and bounce back from various health challenges. Lonely people are more likely to get sick, and researchers want to know why.

    "Loneliness Can Damage Health, Triggering Inflammation and Neurological Changes" is from the December 18, 2017 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Erin Blakemore and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Poland Is Searching For the Last Living Auschwitz Guards

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    The name Auschwitz is indelibly associated with the misery and terror of the Holocaust—and also with Poland, the country in which the horrors of Auschwitz took place. That doesn’t sit well with Poland, which has fought hard against the perception that it was responsible for the Holocaust. The Polish government has both banned the phrase “Polish death camps” and cracked down on a World War II museum it feels puts too little emphasis on the suffering of Poles during the war.

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    • These Two Female Assassins Independently Tried to Kill Gerald Ford

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    1975 was a year of political disillusionment as the United States pulled out of Vietnam, the Khmer Rouge regime took over Cambodia, and American officials were convicted of crimes in the Watergate scandal. It was also the year in which two women independently tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford in the same month, writes Atlas Obscura’s Sarah Laskow.

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    • This Letter Tells What Al Capone Was Up To in Alcatraz

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    In 1934, one of America’s most notorious prisoners, gangster Al Capone, was carted off from an Atlanta penitentiary to the United States’ most cutting-edge prison: a maximum-security prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. But what did Al Capone do while in the pen for tax evasion and contempt of court? A letter now on auction sums up his leisure activities in two words: prison band.

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    • How the Poppy Came to Symbolize World War I

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    A century ago, “the war to end all wars” raged throughout Europe - a war that racked up nearly 38 million casualties, including upwards of 8.5 million deaths. More than 900,000 of the dead were British soldiers, and since 2014, 100 years after the war began, thousands of people in the UK have seen a huge field of red ceramic poppies, the symbol of war remembrance throughout the Commonwealth, pop up around well-known landmarks like the Tower of London.

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    • Paris’ Infamous Love Locks Will Now Help Migrants

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    Love is heavy business in France, where “love locks” once covered — and even collapsed — city bridges. Alas, the fad of locking your love onto a Parisian structure is now forbidden, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fondly remember the practice. Now, reports NPR’s Bill Chappell, you can make some of the City of Light’s famously outlawed locks your own at an auction that helps refugees.

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    • Superspreaders Caused Much of the 2014 Ebola Epidemic

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    In 2014 and 2015, Ebola spread through West Africa like wildfire, affecting over 28,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and killing 11,310. But just how did the dangerous virus spread? A new study has a surprising answer, reports the BBC’s James Gallagher—the majority of cases were caused by a small minority of infected people.

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    • Kids Ditch Princess Costumes in Favor of Superheroes This Halloween

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    What kind of costume will you see when you open the door to those adorable trick-or-treaters this Halloween? If you’re thinking an old-fashioned ghost, get with the program - today’s kids love character-driven costumes instead.

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    • Netflix Will Finish Orson Welles’ Last Film

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    Orson Welles finished his masterpiece Citizen Kane when he was just 26 years old, making an indelible mark on movie history. But though he made other films, he never managed to follow up on that youthful success — and his life was riddled with unfinished projects.

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    • Girl Scouting Was Once Segregated

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    Has a Girl Scout knocked on your door within the last few weeks? With cookie season in full swing, it’s not unusual to see scouts on the move in neighborhoods and set up in front of supermarkets plying their delicious wares. But for one group of girls, cookie sales and badges weren’t always a possibility.

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    • Seventy Years Ago Today, Queen Elizabeth Secretly Partied With Commoners

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    It’s been 70 years since hundreds of thousands of people gathered in streets and squares all over the world to first celebrate Victory in Europe Day — a day marking the end of World War II in Europe. But for then-princess Elizabeth, May 8, 1945, was special for another reason: it marked the first and last time she would leave the palace and mingle with her future subjects in secret. The Telegraph’s Harry Mount reports on that wild night out.

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    • Why Ancient Roman Concrete Is So Strong

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    A rare chemical reaction strengthens it even today—and that could help threatened coastal communities.

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    • The Legendary Reporter Who Broke the Beginning of World War II Is Dead

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    In 1939, a young journalist named Clare Hollingworth got the scoop of the century when she first witnessed German forces amassing at the Polish border, then saw them invading the country. She broke the news—and her way into history books—and went on to a career as a war correspondent and reporter that spanned over seven decades.

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    • A Brief History of Figgy Pudding

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    Food makes an appearance in plenty of Christmas carols, from corn for popping to chestnuts roasting over an open fire. But as NPR reports, one of the most cited yet mysterious Christmas carol dishes is “figgy pudding” — a treat that neither contains figs, nor is a pudding in the American sense.

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    • Grand Canyon Turns down Its Lights to Become a Dark Sky Park

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    The only thing better than viewing the Grand Canyon’s outrageous vistas by day is taking them in at night. When the sun goes down, the vast sky above the geologic wonder becomes a marvel of its own. Now, reports Sarah Lewin for Space.com, the night skies that sparkle above Grand Canyon National Park will get a bit of protection of their own - the park has received provisional designation as an International Dark Sky park.

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    • King Tut’s Dagger Was Made From a Meteorite

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    When archaeologists discovered Tutankhamen's tomb, they were stunned by the riches contained within. One of the weirder artifacts of the tomb was a dagger that confused scientists, sporting a blade seemingly impervious to rust and age. Now, reports Alan Yuhas, the secret of the blade’s timelessness has been uncovered: It was made from a meteorite.

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    • The Fine Art of Mental Illness: What Paintings Tell Us About Someone’s Psyche

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
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    Vincent van Gogh’s art is infused with isolation: a lonely chair, a grieving doctor, a brooding sky. For one psychiatrist, the French master’s paintings — and those of other artists throughout history — contain clues about mental illness, too.

    "The Fine Art of Mental Illness: What Paintings Tell Us About Someone’s Psyche" is from the July 02, 2017 Health & Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Erin Blakemore and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.

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    • Explore the Flickering, Forgotten Past of African-Americans in Silent Film

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    Silent films flickered across the screen in black and white, but popular memory of the silent era is more white than black. But just how involved were African-Americans in the early film industry, anyway?

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