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Meet the Penguins - Adelie and Emperor Penguins

They may remind us of Emperor Penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri), but Adelie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) are a different species....Read more

Downton Abbey - A Murder at Piccadilly

Did Bates, Lord Grantham's valet, push Green, Lord Gillingham's valet, into the path of a bus at Piccadilly? Did he have...Read more

THE WORLD'S FIRST BATTERY

Alessandro Volta (born on February 18, 1745) invents a "Voltaic Pile," which is the world's first battery. How did he make...Read more

Magna Carta

800 years ago, King John signs the Magna Carta on June 15, 1215. What is the Magna Carta and why should you care?...Read more

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain published "Huck Finn" on Feb 18, 1885. Check-out Huck's exploits and listen to a dramatization of the first five...Read more

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Poe knows Charles Dickens has a pet raven. Perhaps with that in mind, he publishes (on January 29, 1845), one of his most-famous...Read more

Stories of the Week February 22-28
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807
    On the 27th of February, 1807, American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine. He composed one of his most-famous poems (about the American Revolutionary War) during the American Civil War. Have a listen.
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  • Salem Witch Hunt, 1692
    The Salem Witch Hunt began on this day in 1692. Learn more about the accusations, trials and hangings.

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