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    • How Mr. Rogers Made Friday the 13th Less Scary

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    If you're old enough to know who Fred Rogers is, you're one of the lucky ones. Better known as Mr. Rogers of the legendary PBS children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the TV star (before his passing in 2003) was a leader of efforts to educate the mind, body and spirit of children – and in turn, he nurtured the best in adults, too.

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    • Why Some Drug Addicts Get Their Heroin Addiction Treatments from Their Drug Dealers

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 5 mins
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    A heroin addict – we'll borrow NPR's nomenclature and call him "John" – needs help. Maybe he can't afford the price of a hit. Maybe he's unable to work because he's focused on getting high instead of getting paid.

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    • The Village in Kazakhstan That Can't Stay Awake

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    The village of Kalachi is located in the center of Kazakhstan – the world's largest landlocked country – toward the north. The village is home to about 600 people – many of which have been known to suddenly fall asleep, sometimes for days at a time.

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    • Where Old English Cats Go to Retire

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    Typically, when a cat owner dies and leaves a pet behind, there's someone willing to adopt the now-homeless animal. But when the cat is older—say, age 10 or older—that's not always the case.

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    • How FedEx Gambled Its Way to Success

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    More than 250,000 employees, roughly $45 billion in annual revenues, nearly 10 million packages delivered daily and fleet of more than 100,000 cars and trucks, plus another 600 or so airplanes. FedEx is, simply, a gigantic company.

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    • The Swedish Coffee (and Tea) Experiment

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 3 mins
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    For many people around the world, the day starts with a cup of coffee. This has been true for centuries, but the origins of the drink aren't quite clear.

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    • What Happens to US-Canadian Relations When Milk Prices Are out of Sync

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Let's do some math. The drive from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, to Bellingham, Washington State (United States of America) is approximately 40 miles (or 60 kilometers), most of which is highway driving.

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    • hidden massage un the story is good

    • By Wilfrido Tamayo on 03-09-17

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    • The Everyday Superheroes at the Elder Care Facility

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 3 mins
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    On October 24, 2013, the California Department of Social Services shut down a small elder care facility in Castro Valley, a suburb of San Francisco. According to a report by ABC 7 News, the nursing home, called Valley Springs Manor, had been investigated for a laundry list of problems, from failing to perform appropriate employee background checks to not providing patients with proper medication, and the 20 or so residents of the home were to be relocated to new, compliant homes.

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    • The Prisoner Who Emailed Himself Free

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 4 mins
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    On March 9, 2014, Neil Moore was in Wandsworth Prison, a maximum security prison in London, England, awaiting trial. Moore, whose modus operandi was fraud, had been charged with orchestrating a series of bank heists – pretending to be a bank official and, via a bit of social engineering, he had managed to convince (real) staffers at other financial institutions to wire him some cash.

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    • How KFC Keeps Its Biggest Secret a Secret

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 4 mins
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    In 1952, the owner of a chicken restaurant named Harlan Sanders began franchising out his brand to other restaurateurs throughout the country. Colonel Sanders's chain, then known as Kentucky Fried Chicken (and now KFC), spread quickly, and Sanders became a very wealthy man.

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    • Van Morrison and the 31 Songs About Nothing but a Bad Contract

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Van Morrison is a legend of the music world. He has won six Grammys to date, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and gets a fraction of a cent whenever you stream 'Brown Eyed Girl' on Spotify (when it plays in your head, however, that one's free).

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    • The Black Market in Scrap Metal (and How It Impacts Transportation)

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    At a few hundred dollars a ton, scrap metal is decently valuable – and it's most certainly a good source of extra revenue for those who run body shops, construction sites, junkyards and the like. And if you're a thief, it's also a pretty good thing to steal – not only is the demand for scrap metal rather robust (therefore making it pretty easy to find a willing buyer), but scrap metal also looks like any other metal, making tracing it back to its true owner very difficult.

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    • How to Pay Yourself $2.1 Million in Taxes

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Tax refunds are tantamount to loans to the government, repaid a few weeks or months late. But many people treat their tax refunds as a windfall—found money, to be spent on whatever extra-budgetary items they desire, much like an unexpected Christmas bonus or a winning lottery ticket. Easy come, easy go.

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    • The History of Fondue and the Cheese Cartel That Popularized It

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Take a mix of cheeses – including gruyere, if you're going authentic – and toss it into an earthenware pot. Add in some wine and garlic if you'd like, and place the pot over some Sterno or other portable heat source.

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    • Why It Takes So Long to Board an Airplane (and How to Fix It)

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Air travel can be fun – but it can be maddening, too. One of the more frustrating aspects is the boarding process, during which everyone tries to stow away their carry-on bags and get their bodies into their seats, seemingly all at the same time.

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    • The Financial Shenanigans around Guantanamo Bay

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 3 mins
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    On the southern shore of eastern Cuba is Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a small outcrop of land and sea controlled by the United States. The almost-rectangular 45-square-mile zone has been home to US troops since the summer of 1898, when Marines landed there during the Spanish-American War.

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    • P.T. Barnum's Final Attraction

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 3 mins
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    In 1875, two men from Wisconsin convinced P.T. Barnum, the famed showman, to join their business – a circus. Barnum's job was to lend his name to the product and, ultimately, his wisdom as well, and the circus became known as "P.T. Barnum's Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Hippodrome."

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    • Short. But good story for 3 min.

    • By Andy on 01-13-18

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    • How Potatoes Changed the Outcome of a World War II Naval Battle

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    The USS O'Bannon was a warship used by the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. The destroyer's armament was impressive by any measure – depth charges for submarines, 17 anti-aircraft guns, torpedo tubes for ships and subs alike, and five 5"/38 caliber guns for surface targets.

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    • Why an Undertaker Reinvented How Telephones Work

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    When you place a telephone call, magic happens. You hit some buttons, the phone makes some noises, and then the machines take over.

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    • When a Misunderstanding Was Diagnosed as a Mental Illness

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    In 1983, a woman named Rita Quintero was found in a small Kansas town, wearing eccentric clothing and rummaging through trash cans for her next meal. Officials approached her, aiming to take stock of the situation, but Quintero appeared uncooperative.

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