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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for comments to the question, “Is America exceptional?”
    James Billington talked by telephone about the recent revelation that Thomas Jefferson referred…

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    Walter Cronkite Funeral Service

    A funeral service was held for Walter Cronkite at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City. The former anchor of CBS News died on July 17, 2009, at the age of 92.

    The…

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    Chas Fagan, Reagan Sculptor

    Chas Fagan talked about making the State of California sculpture of President Ronald Reagan and installing it in the Capitol Rotunda the previous day.

    In the background scenes were shown…

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    Tiananmen Square 20th Anniversary Commemoration

    Former student protesters who took part in demonstrations in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and others delivered remarks at a commemorative ceremony on the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen…

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    Ronald Reagan Statue Unveiling

    The Ronald Reagan statue was unveiled as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection, which is comprised of statues donated by individual states to honor notable women and men from each…

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    Lincoln Memorial Rededication

    The Lincoln Memorial was rededicated to mark the 2009 bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The memorial was originally dedicated on May 30, 1922. Among those in…

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    Harold Holzer on Rededication of the Lincoln Memorial

    Harold Holzer talked about the rededication of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth on February 12th, 1809. Mr. Holzer also responded to…

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    Diabetes Research

    Actor and advocate Mary Tyler Moore spoke about her work on behalf of diabetes research, prevention and education. She and other representatives of the Juvenile Diabetes Research…

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    Arlington Changing of the Guard

    A changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery was shown.

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    Arlington Wreath-Laying Ceremony

    A wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery was shown.

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    Rally for Education Equality

    The Close the Gap: Equality in Education Rally was held on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Various civil rights leaders and education…

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    Tulane University Commencement Address

    Ellen DeGeneres spoke at the commencement ceremony in the Superdome for the graduates of Tulane University. She talked, frequently humorously, about her background, overcoming…

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    University of Tennessee Commencement Address

    Humor columnist Sam Venable delivered the commencement address to the graduating students of the University of Tennessee in the Thompson Boling Arena.

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    Lakeland College Commencement Address

    Susan Mboya delivered the commencement address to the graduating students of Lakeland College at a ceremony in the Todd Wehr Center. A general franchise manager with Coca-Cola Company,…

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    University of Michigan Commencement Address

    Larry Page delivered the commencement address to the graduating students at his alma mater, the University of Michigan. The ceremony was held in Michigan Stadium. He talked about…

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    Atlantic Council Awards Dinner

    The 2009 Atlantic Council awards dinner commemorated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Former President George H.W. Bush and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl…

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    Tribute to Sojourner Truth

    The Sojourner Truth bust was unveiled in the Capitol Visitor Center Emancipation Hall. She is the first black woman to be honored with a bust at the U.S. Capitol. Sojourner Truth…

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    Women's Health

    Fran Drescher talked about her career and her fight against cancer. The award-winning actress, a survivor of uterine cancer, is the president and founder of The Cancer Schmancer…

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    Book Discussion on The Sound of Freedom

    Raymond Arsenault talked about his book The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America (Bloomsbury Press; March 31, 2009). He talked on…

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    Alma Powell on Youth Assistance Programs

    Alma Powell, national chair of America’s Promise Alliance, talked about the challenges facing the nation’s youth and remedies to reverse the high school dropout…

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