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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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    • How the Poppy Came to Symbolize World War I

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
    • Length: 4 mins
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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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    • 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
    • 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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    • The Legendary Reporter Who Broke the Beginning of World War II Is Dead

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Harriet Tubman Is Getting Her Own National Historical Park

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Mark Schechtman
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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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    • This New Zealand River Just Got the Legal Rights of a Person

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    At nearly 200 miles in length, the Whanganui is New Zealand’s longest navigable river. It starts as an alpine stream, then gains steam with waters from other major tributaries.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • This African-American Artist’s Cartoons Helped Win World War II

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
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    Rosie the Riveter. A pointing Uncle Sam. Art has always been a powerful motivator—which is why it can be such an effective medium for political messaging. But though Rosie and Sam have gained iconic status since the two world wars, fewer people remember the compelling war effort campaigns that specifically targeted African-Americans.

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

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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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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    • Think Your Job Is Depressing? Try Being an Airline Pilot.

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    Being a pilot for a commercial airline has its perks—travel to exotic places, a cool uniform and those breathtaking views of the sky. But that job can come with a side of something much more sobering: depression. As Melissa Healy reports for The Los Angeles Times, the mental health of airline pilots is coming into sharp focus with the revelation that nearly 13 percent of them could be depressed.

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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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