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  • Life During Wartime
  • Life During Wartime

    Although landlocked, Spokane was a major port during World War II.
      Although landlocked, Spokane was a major port during World War II.
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  • High Water Marks
  • High Water Marks

    How the Inland Northwest was shaped by Earth's greatest floods.
  • Celestial Wonders
  • Celestial Wonders

    Spokane Falls hopes to blow some minds when it unveils its planetarium to the public.
      Whitmer stands behind a bank of computer monitors, staring up at an afternoon sky. Gradually, the sun arcs across the sky. Within seconds, the shadows stretch until they fall into the darkness of night. The stars begin coming into view, slowly at first, until the eyes adjust to the massive clusters of illumination on the black background.
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  • Political Animalism
  • Political Animalism

    How politics of the past make modern mud-slinging look downright demure.
      the presidential campaign grinding onward, it’s common to hear pundits and politicians slip into hyperbole about the state of political discourse today. Shaking their heads gravely, they complain that it’s never been as partisan, as divisive, as unethical or extreme.
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  • Scribe of the G-Men
  • Scribe of the G-Men

    A historian for the FBI weighs in on J. Edgar Hoover, Clint Eastwood and Silence of the Lambs
      John Fox, Jr. has an intriguing gig. As the official historian for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he navigates the multiple perceptions of the storied and infamous Federal Bureau of Investigation..
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  • Forever Man
  • Forever Man

    How we'll live longer, and why this may not be good for us.
      Huguette Clark died last year at the age of 104, obituaries spoke of the immense wealth she had inherited from her father, a Montana copper baron who had bought himself a U.S. Senate seat and, in the early 1900s, founded Las Vegas. At the time of her death, she had $500 million and owned a 42-room âeuro;œapartmentâeuro;� right on Central Park in Manhattan.
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  • How Bout Them Apples?
  • How Bout Them Apples?

    Scientists create a new fruit in Pullman
      This fall, apple and pear growers made headlines when they pledged to donate $27 million to the universityâeuro;™s fruittree researchers. The gift, which will be donated over the next eight years, will be collected by a $1-per-ton tax that the growers imposed on themselves.
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  • Unwrapping People
  • Unwrapping People

    A new facility at Whitworth University lets pre-med students go beyond cat guts.
      They looked like covered steam tables in a restaurant buffet. But they smelled like formaldehyde. The vents on the lab tables sucked air with a gentle whirring noise, giving the room a negative air
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  • Still Beating
  • Still Beating

    Tragedy in Montreal, poverty in North Idaho mines — tracing the 125-year history of Sacred Heart.
      Born in 1800, Emilie was already filled with empathy at age 3, when she saw a beggar and sobbed until her mother allowed her to give the man her little-girl possessions. Her own family was beset by Job-like tragedy: Her mother died when she was 4; nine of her siblings died at an early age; and when she was 14, her father died.
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  • Starry-Eyed
  • Starry-Eyed

    On the eve of the last shuttle launch, a space junkie talks about his lifelong obsession
      Bruce’s basement, and, well, the rest of his house, is packed with enough space gear for a mission to the moon. As we step into a temperature-controlled, well-lit room in his basement, beeping noises announce our arrival and multicolored lights flicker across the ceiling.
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  • Indelible Day
  • Indelible Day

    A Fourth of July dispatch from the nation's capitol.
      NATIONAL MALL, WASHINGTON, D.C. — Over in the Smithsonian’s American History Museum, you can see the original Star-Spangled Banner. They keep it under low light in a tightly controlled environment. Way back, they used to haul it out and fly it on the Fourth of July.
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  • The Fourth Day
  • The Fourth Day

    What if the Confederacy had won the Battle of Gettysburg?
      It´s one of the great what-ifs of the Civil War, which started 150 years ago: What if the Confederacy had won the Battle of Gettysburg? Answer: They probably would have won the war. But what makes the exercise particularly compelling this week is the fact that the Union surrender could have happened on the Fourth of July.
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