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11:07 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Forget Lincoln Logs: A Tower Of Books To Honor Abe

A tower of books about Abraham Lincoln as seen from the top down.
Maxell MacKenzie

Originally published on Sun February 19, 2012 10:01 pm

This President's Day, a group of historians in Washington, D.C., decided they wanted to do something different to recognize the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. But how do you memorialize someone who is already one of the most memorialized people in history?

Their solution: to physically illustrate Lincoln's importance by creating a tower of books written about him. The tower measures about eight feet around and 34 feet — that's three and a half stories tall.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:07 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Joyce El Khoury And Brian Jagde: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Mon February 20, 2012 6:46 am

Here at NPR Music, we don't impose an awful lot of limits when it comes to hosting musicians and their instruments behind (and occasionally on top of) Bob Boilen's desk.

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Author Interviews
11:07 am
Mon February 20, 2012

'New Yorker' Cartoonist Imagines Washington At 7

Originally published on Mon February 20, 2012 10:01 am

Through his many New Yorker covers, Barry Blitt has become one of the pre-eminent satirical cartoonists of America's recent presidents. He is probably best known for his controversial 2008 cover of Michelle and Barack Obama, dressed as a Muslim and a militant with an AK-47, fist-bumping in the Oval Office.

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Blog Of The Nation
11:06 am
Mon February 20, 2012

February 20th: What's On Today's Show

In the second hour, author David Treuer talks about his life growing up on Leech Lake Reservation.

Originally published on Mon February 20, 2012 10:20 am

Iran
For the second time in less than a month, United Nations inspectors are in Iran. It's unclear whether they will be allowed near a questionable nuclear plant in Fordo. Western officials believe Iran wants to enrich uranium there for a weapon, while Iran's leaders contend it is for peaceful purposes only. All the while, Western-imposed sanctions are damaging Iran's economy and currency. NPR foreign correspondent Mike Shuster joins host Neal Conan to discuss Iran's ambitions.

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The Two-Way
10:18 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Holiday News Roundup: Mardi Gras, Greece And John Glenn

An image captured on Feb. 20, 1962, by NASA shows astronaut John Glenn during his space flight in the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft, weightless and traveling at 17,500 mph. The image was made by an automatic sequence motion picture camera.
NASA AP

The Two-Way is formally off-duty for the Presidents' Day holiday. But not only does the news not take a holiday — often, holidays are the news. Here's a quick roundup of some of today's important and most-discussed stories:

  • Syria is reinforcing its military in what seems to be a bid to control Homs. (AP)
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