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    • King Tut’s Dagger Was Made From a Meteorite

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
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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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    • Loneliness Can Damage Health, Triggering Inflammation and Neurological Changes

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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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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    • The Quest to Save Vincent van Gogh’s Grave

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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    in 1890, Vincent van Gogh, flattened by depression and loneliness and plagued by financial woes, shot himself in the midst of a wheat field in Auvers, France.

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    • How to Save Family Heirlooms from Natural Disasters

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Mike Schectman
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    It isn't easy to save cultural heritage from the ravages of nature, but a national task force thinks it's worth trying.

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    • What's the Difference Between England, Britain and the U.K.?

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Michael Johnson
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    Listen up, would-be Anglophiles: Here's how never to mess up your realms, kingdoms and empires again.

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    • What Kind of Art Is the Most Popular?

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
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    People look at art for their own reasons—to soothe their souls, shake up their everyday lives, and reencounter old friends. But which exhibitions do people like most—and what kinds of art are waning in popularity?

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    • Why Women Bring Their 'I Voted' Stickers to Susan B. Anthony's Grave

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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    When Susan B. Anthony died in 1906 at age 86, her funeral overflowed with mourners. Despite the fact that there was a blizzard raging in Rochester, New York, thousands packed into the church service and over 10,000 others showed up to pass by her flag-draped coffin and pay their respects.

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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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    • Does Breast-Feeding Really Decrease My Cancer Risk?

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    For babies, the benefits of breast-feeding are clear: a stronger immune system, reduced risk for some chronic health conditions and a closer bond with mom. But does breast-feeding also protect women against breast cancer?

    "Does Breast-feeding Really Decrease My Cancer Risk?" is from the October 15, 2017 Health section of The Washington Post. It was written by Erin Blakemore and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
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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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    • Strike It Rich (Without Marrying for Money) by Finding Hidden Jane Austen Art

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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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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    • How the Poppy Came to Symbolize World War I

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
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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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    • Boy Scouts Will Allow Transgender Children to Enroll in Boys-Only Programs

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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    The Boy Scouts of America is so identified with gender that "boy" is in the 107-year-old organization’s name. And for years, the organization has defined that to mean individuals assigned a male gender at birth.

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    • Five Things to Know About the Case That Made Burning the Flag Legal

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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    This morning, President-elect Donald Trump raised eyebrows with a tweet suggesting that those who burn the American flag be stripped of their citizenship or jailed - punishments that are expressly illegal under current United States law.

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    • Why Nobody Remembers the Forefather of Forensic Science

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    He used aliases and ruses. His notebooks are filled with careful forensic analyses of ransom notes and other pieces of evidence. While you probably have never heard the name Wilmer Souder, he helped pinpoint criminals long before CSI was a thing. As Rich Press reports for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Souder was a hidden pioneer of the field we now call forensics—and his work was a pivotal part of one of history’s most famous criminal cases.

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    • Scholars Uncover Secret Message from Mussolini

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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    Often, the wheels of historical scholarship turn in an orderly, if underwhelmingly unglamorous, fashion. But every once in a while, a scholarship story emerges that reads more like a plot lifted from The Da Vinci Code than a tale of everyday archives and archaeologists. Take the recent analysis of a message from Benito Mussolini beneath an obelisk in Rome - a tale that pitted a group of classical scholars against a long-forgotten document.

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    • Why a Congressional Commission Wants a National Women's History Museum

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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    How many historically significant women can you name? No matter what your gender identity, it’s likely that the number you can list off the top of your head pales in comparison to that of noteworthy men.

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    • Why Food Experts Are Warning Not to Burn Your Toast

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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    Many people know the feeling of that combination of early morning calamities: You can’t find your shoes, your coffee turned out bitter. Thank goodness your toast came out right—brown and crispy, just like you like it. But you might want to think twice before taking a bite: As the BBC reports, British food scientists just declared that browned toast might be bad for your health.

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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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    • Netflix Will Finish Orson Welles’ Last Film

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
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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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