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Fish Story
More than 36 years have passed since John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth, wearing a flight suit inspired by a car tire. As he trained for a second launch at age 77, he found that putting on that "second skin" is still a big hassle.

The Orphan Train
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Between 1854 and 1929, an estimated 200,000 American children — all in need of families — traveled west by rail in search of new homes in a novel ''placing out'' movement.

George Gershwin: He Got Rhythm
Halloween is hugely popular, infused with its own set of immediately recognizable symbols, rituals and stories. Yet most Americans have little, if any, sense of the hidden meanings and motives of the event in which they so enthusiastically participate.
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