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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 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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    • Learning to Read May Reshape Adult Brains

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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    "Neuroplasticity” is more than a buzzword—it's the brain’s ability to grow, and change. But it’s easy to associate this adaptiveness with kids, for whom the entire world is new, rather than adults, who have already seen it all. Just how much can the adult brain change? A lot, suggests a new study. As New Scientist’s Anil Ananthaswamy reports, it took just six months to make significant impacts on the brains of adults who learned to read for the first time.

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    • California's Joshua Trees Are Under Threat

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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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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    • 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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    • This African-American Artist’s Cartoons Helped Win World War II

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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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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    • 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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    • Poland Is Searching For the Last Living Auschwitz Guards

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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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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    • 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 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Keeping You Current in This New Portrait, George Washington Trades His Curls for a Man Bun

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

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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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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    • Why a Congressional Commission Wants a National Women's History Museum

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

    • By: Erin Blakemore
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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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    • Archaeologists Found a Hand-Dug Holocaust Escape Tunnel

    • By: Erin Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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    Before the Second World War, Lithuania had 160,000 Jews. But during the Holocaust, an estimated 90 percent of them were murdered - many in places like Ponar, where up to 100,000 Jews were massacred and flung into open graves. Now, modern technology has laid one of the secrets of Ponar bare: a hand-dug escape tunnel that was long thought to be only a rumor.

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