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    Lincoln Assassination Conspirators

    Professor Ralph Nurnberger talked about John Wilkes Booth and the small group of conspirators who planned to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln, but decided instead on a plan to assassinate…

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    Codename Cynthia

    Natalie Zanin talked about Amy Thorpe Pack, the American-born wife of an English diplomat who became a spy for British intelligence. Ms. Zanin said that Ms. Pack, codenamed…

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    Pierre L'Enfant and Washington, D.C.

    Scott Berg talked about Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the French architect who designed Washington, D.C. Professor Berg spoke about L’Enfant’s relationship with President…

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    Sex and KGB Spies in the 1970s

    Jonna Mendez talked about how Czech husband and wife KGB spies Karl and Hana Koecher used sex to infiltrate the CIA and gather top-secret information. Ms. Mendez said that one…

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    Birth of Washington, D.C.

    Kenneth Bowling talked about how Washington, D.C., became the Capital of the United States. He spoke about how the location was chosen, the figures that shaped the city’s…

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    Washington, D.C., During the Civil War

    John Richardson, author of Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation’s Capital, talked about renovations of Washington, D.C., during the Civil War and…

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    Book Discussion on Undeniable

    Bill Nye talked about his book Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, in which he argues against teaching creationism alongside evolution in science classes. During this…

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    Civil War Battle of Cedar Creek

    Warren Perry talked about the Battle of Cedar Creek, which took place in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in October 1864. The battle was fought between Confederates under General Jubal…

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    Supreme Court 2014 Term Preview

    A panel of U.S. Supreme Court observers, including attorneys who had argued before the court, discussed the 2014 term of the high court which would begin in October, and what cases were…

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    Burning of Washington

    Anthony S. Pitch, author of The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814, talked about the attack during the War of 1812 that led to the only foreign occupation of the U.S.…

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    Capitol Hill Preservation

    Stephen Ayers talked about his role in the maintenance and preservation of some of Washington, D.C.'s most significant buildings, including the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and…

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    Search for Amelia Earhart

    Andrew Jampoler talked about the mystery of Amelia Earhart. The aviatrix and her navigator disappeared in the South Pacific in 1937. Mr. Jampoler summarized her story, detailed…

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    Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586

    Andrew Jampoler talked about his book Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586, in which he chronicles the crash of a crew on a mission flying over Russia in 1978. In October of 1978 a P-3C…

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    American Presidents in the National Portrait Gallery

    Brandon Fortune talked about some of the important portraits of U.S. presidents, and provided details about the artists who created them and how the works came into the national collections.

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    Supreme Court 2013-2014 Term Preview

    Donald Verrilli and Thomas Goldstein previewed cases on the Supreme Court’s docket for the 2013-2014 term. At the time of this event the Court had cases on campaign finance,…

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    The Secret Plot Against Lincoln

    Daniel Stashower talked about how Allan Pinkerton, the founder of America’s first detective agency, uncovered and foiled a secret plot to murder Abraham Lincoln as he passed through…

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    Civil War Naval Actions and Affairs

    Historian and author Craig Symonds talked about the various naval aspects of the Civil War, from technological developments to the battles themselves. Topics included the Union…

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    History of the House of Representatives

    Walter Oleszek talked about the founders' intentions for the House of Representatives and the evolution of the institution. The House was originally the only part of the national…

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    Book Discussion on The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr

    Historian H.W. Brands profiled Aaron Burr, the former vice president to Thomas Jefferson. Aaron Burr is most remembered for killing former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a…

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    Ernest Hemingway as a World War II Spy

    Military and intelligence historian Nicholas Reynolds talked about the services of World War I veteran and author Ernest Hemingway and other family members as spies for the United States…

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