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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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    • Ruff News: Man’s Best Friend May Have Been Domesticated Twice

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
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    It's well-known that humans and dogs go way back. But how far back? The debate still rages over the timing of that fateful day when humans teamed up with canine companions. And the answer may have just gotten more complicated. A new study suggests that humans in two different parts of the world independently domesticated wolves to produce our lovable modern pooches.

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

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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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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    • 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 Better Describe the Scent of Old Books

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
    • Length: 4 mins
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    You’ve just stepped into a very old library. What’s the sensory experience like? Dust could shimmer in the light; silence fills your ears. But the sense most people notice first is smell—the scent of old books prickling your nose.

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    • Keeping You Current in This New Portrait, George Washington Trades His Curls for a Man Bun

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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    What if George Washington weren’t a false-teeth-wearing, presidential icon but rather an amiable bro who kept his sunglasses in the pocket of his vest? It’s a question you likely have not asked yourself before—but inside one Washington, D.C., restaurant, it’s one that’s answered nonetheless.

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

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
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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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    • California's Joshua Trees Are Under Threat

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
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    You may not know the name Yucca brevifolia, but you likely know the plant species by sight. With prickly, bayonet-like leaves, the plant - otherwise known as the Joshua tree - is so famous it has its own national park. But the future may not be bright for these iconic plants. Climate change could one day wipe out California’s Joshua trees for good.

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    • Why Nobody Remembers the Forefather of Forensic Science

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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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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    • Italy Just Hosted the First Olympics-Like Competition for People with Down Syndrome

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
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    Move over, Rio - Italy just had its own Olympics-style games complete with heartbreak, joy and plenty of athletic glory. But the games weren’t your average sporting event. As the Agence France-Presse reports, they were the first world athletic competition just for people with Down Syndrome, drawing athletes from 36 countries around the world.

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    • Superspreaders Caused Much of the 2014 Ebola Epidemic

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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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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    • What Kind of Art Is the Most Popular?

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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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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    • 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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    • Africa Just Got Its First Bike Share Program

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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    Head to any major city in the United States and you’ll see bike share programs like New York’s CitiBike and Denver’s B-cycle.

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    • Canada Can’t Figure Out Why the Ocean Floor Is Beeping

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
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    No, an alarm clock hasn’t been going off on the bottom of the ocean floor in Northern Canada - but something annoying appears to be happening down there.

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    • Harriet Tubman Is Getting Her Own National Historical Park

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    Harriet Tubman was born in slavery in Maryland, but she lived out her old age in Auburn, New York, on a property all her own. Now, that property and others related to Tubman are being celebrated anew. As the Associated Press reports, Harriet Tubman is getting her own national historical park in upstate New York.

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    • Bookworms, Rejoice: You May Live Longer

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    Let’s face it: People who love to read have long felt superior to those who would rather watch TV than crack a good book. Now, there’s a new reason to justify those late night binge reads and long library trips: Reading could help you live longer.

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