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When Heart Transplant Patients Were Celebrities
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When Heart Transplant Patients Were Celebrities

In the 1960s, a new heart meant instant fame.
February 13, 2017
The Russian Spy Who Convinced America to Take ESP Seriously
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The Russian Spy Who Convinced America to Take ESP Seriously

History's spookiest spook.
January 13, 2017
Why is This Space-Age Car Slamming into a Wall of Flaming TVs?
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Why is This Space-Age Car Slamming into a Wall of Flaming TVs?

How a photographer landed an iconic shot of the 1975 performance piece "Media Burn."
January 04, 2017
The Final Christmas of 4 Catskills Villages Flooded to Create Reservoirs
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The Final Christmas of 4 Catskills Villages Flooded to Create Reservoirs

You can take a shower in NYC today because the city sank a few hamlets.
December 20, 2016
 Back When Your Thanksgiving Dinner Walked Hundreds of Miles to Market
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Back When Your Thanksgiving Dinner Walked Hundreds of Miles to Market

The forgotten history of turkey drives.
November 23, 2016
North Korean Officials Had No Idea What Their Hostages Were Signaling in This Photo
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North Korean Officials Had No Idea What Their Hostages Were Signaling in This Photo

The story of 83 American captives and the "Digit Affair."
November 16, 2016
How the ‘Fast and Furious’ Set Designers Made SoCal the Focus
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How the ‘Fast and Furious’ Set Designers Made SoCal the Focus

The humans were dressed to be cars, basically.
October 25, 2016
The 1942 Ghost Blimp That Bewildered a California Town
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The 1942 Ghost Blimp That Bewildered a California Town

The remains of the missing crew were never found.
October 17, 2016
The Incredibly Disturbing Medieval Practice of Gibbeting
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The Incredibly Disturbing Medieval Practice of Gibbeting

There is no end to the variety of metal torture devices of yore.
October 11, 2016
How 'All the President's Men' Defined the Look of Journalism on Screen
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How 'All the President's Men' Defined the Look of Journalism on Screen

As we enter the final leg of the 2016 presidential campaign, let us examine one of the iconic film portrayals of press and politics.
September 29, 2016
After the Vietnam War, America Flew Planes Full of Babies Back to the U.S.
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After the Vietnam War, America Flew Planes Full of Babies Back to the U.S.

Operation Babylift had some problems, though.
September 21, 2016
The Wildly Misunderstood Photos of Hitler in Disguise
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The Wildly Misunderstood Photos of Hitler in Disguise

The legend of how a make-up artist reimagined the German dictator blossomed in the internet age.
August 17, 2016
Escape Plan DC: George Washington’s Washington
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Escape Plan DC: George Washington’s Washington

See the area around the nation's capital the way our first president did, complete with trips to Washington's local tavern and apothecary.
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Escape Plan Boston: A Literary Escape
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Escape Plan Boston: A Literary Escape

Take a bookish journey in and around Boston.
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Escape Plan SF: The Curious Collections of the Bay Area
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Escape Plan SF: The Curious Collections of the Bay Area

Some of the strangest and most idiosyncratic museums in America are just outside San Francisco.
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Escape Plan SF: A Tour of Tech History
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Escape Plan SF: A Tour of Tech History

This excursion is a fascinating glimpse into the rich lore of Silicon Valley.
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Escape Plan DC: The Prehistoric District
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Escape Plan DC: The Prehistoric District

Take a day in and around Washington, D.C. to seek out the ancient creatures of days gone by.
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Escape Plan NYC: A Day in New York’s Industrial Past
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Escape Plan NYC: A Day in New York’s Industrial Past

From a Gilded Age mansion to an abandoned brickworks, these stops shaped both New York and the nation.
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Escape Plan NYC: The Inventor's New York
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Escape Plan NYC: The Inventor's New York

This day trip is a celebration of American ingenuity.
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Escape Plan Boston: Castles of the Commonwealth
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Escape Plan Boston: Castles of the Commonwealth

A day trip encompassing some of the strangest structures in Massachusetts.
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The Irrepressible Palm Tree Tourists Who Travel the World to See Fronds
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The Irrepressible Palm Tree Tourists Who Travel the World to See Fronds

Just looking for a little bit of paradise.
May 31, 2016
The Fishing Obsessive with 250,000 Hooks in His Garage
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The Fishing Obsessive with 250,000 Hooks in His Garage

For some fishermen, the lure of the lure is too strong to resist.
April 04, 2016
The Demonic Origins of Ventriloquism
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The Demonic Origins of Ventriloquism

It may not surprise you to know that the popular entertainment has some very dark roots.
March 28, 2016
The Man Who Develops the World's Found Film
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The Man Who Develops the World's Found Film

The Rescued Film Project rediscovers forgotten moments captured on camera.
March 21, 2016