NPR: Kee Malesky http://weku.fm en In The Royal Baby Guessing Game, What's The Surname? http://weku.fm/post/royal-baby-guessing-game-whats-surname Plantagenets, Tudors, Stuarts, Hanovers and now what?<p>There's been plenty of speculation about what name will be chosen for the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (better known as Will and Kate). Bets are being placed on Charlotte, Alice, Grace, Charles, George, James, etc. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:32:00 +0000 NPR: Kee Malesky 47096 at http://weku.fm In The Royal Baby Guessing Game, What's The Surname? Close The Year Out With Some Best-Selling Last Words http://weku.fm/post/close-year-out-some-best-selling-last-words People often make lists of the greatest opening lines in fiction, but closing lines really appeal to me. They're your final moments with a book and can help you remember and treasure it forever.<p>The last weekend of the year seems an appropriate time to consider the final words of our favorite novels and short stories. Here are some that I'm especially fond of:<p><strong><em>The Great Gatsby</em></strong><br />F. Scott Fitzgerald<br />"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."<p><em><strong>Middlemarch</strong><br /></em>George Eliot Sun, 30 Dec 2012 12:50:00 +0000 NPR: Kee Malesky 37734 at http://weku.fm Close The Year Out With Some Best-Selling Last Words The Strangely True Tale Of Johnny Appleseed http://weku.fm/post/strangely-true-tale-johnny-appleseed Apples — right off the tree, baked in a pie, pressed into cider or mashed into sauce — are a basic element of American culture. October is the month to celebrate them, thanks, in part, to Johnny Appleseed.<p>You've probably heard of the legendary character who traveled the Midwest planting trees, but he's not a myth. Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman, and he was born in Massachusetts in either 1774 or 1775.<p>He was first noticed by history in 1801 when he arrived on horseback at the farm of John Stedden in Licking Creek, Ohio. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 21:12:00 +0000 NPR: Kee Malesky 34623 at http://weku.fm The Strangely True Tale Of Johnny Appleseed Antietam 'Death Studies' Changed How We Saw War http://weku.fm/post/antietam-death-studies-changed-how-we-saw-war In mid-September 1862, the Civil War was only a year and a half old, and many Americans in the North and the South still clung to the view that this war was a noble, glorious, even romantic undertaking. That notion was shattered forever when Alexander Gardner and his assistant James Gibson, working for photographer Mathew Brady's firm, came to Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Md.<p>Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and George McClellan's Army of the Potomac had collided there in a battle that was, and remains, the nation's bloodiest day. Sat, 15 Sep 2012 12:14:00 +0000 NPR: Kee Malesky 32953 at http://weku.fm Antietam 'Death Studies' Changed How We Saw War Feathers And Rubber Bands: A Golf Ball Story http://weku.fm/post/feathers-and-rubber-bands-story-golf-ball If you're Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy teeing off in the final rounds of the 2012 PGA Championship this weekend, you're probably not thinking about the fascinating history of the golf ball. But those of us who are just spectating can take a moment to contemplate this little gem of modern engineering. From wood to feathers to tree sap, rubber bands, cork or compressed air — today's little white spheroid has had an interesting evolution.<p>Back in the mist of history, the game of golf was played with balls carved from hardwood. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:06:00 +0000 NPR: Kee Malesky 31129 at http://weku.fm Feathers And Rubber Bands: A Golf Ball Story Live Pigeon Shooting And Other Odd Olympic Games http://weku.fm/post/live-pigeon-shooting-and-other-odd-olympic-games The 1900 Olympic Games in Paris hosted what was surely the weirdest and most bizarre Olympic event of all time: live pigeon shooting.<p>The winner was Leon de Lunden of Belgium, who bagged 21 of the 300 birds that were released to the gun-toting competitors. Perhaps the sight of all those gory feathers fluttering down from the Olympic sky was too horrible for the audience and the organizers; the event never returned.<p>It may not have been an official Olympic sport, either — the IOC barely acknowledges Mr. de Lunden or the event in its archives. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 19:36:00 +0000 NPR: Kee Malesky 30313 at http://weku.fm Live Pigeon Shooting And Other Odd Olympic Games Follow The Money: On The Trail Of Watergate Lore http://weku.fm/post/follow-money-trail-watergate-lore "Follow the money" – a phrase that's now part of our national lexicon — was supposedly whispered to reporter Bob Woodward by Deep Throat as a way to cut through the lies and deceptions and find the truth about the Watergate scandal. The so-called third-rate burglary that happened 40 years ago this weekend ended the presidency of Richard Nixon. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 16:15:00 +0000 NPR: Kee Malesky 28163 at http://weku.fm Follow The Money: On The Trail Of Watergate Lore An American Rebellion, Sparked By Tough Times http://weku.fm/post/american-rebellion-sparked-tough-times A war is ending and economic times are tough. Taxes are high and property foreclosures common. Streets are filled with protesters. Sounds familiar, I know, but I'm not talking about today's news.<p>It was the Revolutionary War, winding down in 1783, and the national government was massively in debt and having enormous difficulty paying the soldiers who had fought the war.<p>Robert Morris, superintendent of finance, had scraped together one month's salary for each veteran; the rest of their back pay was issued in scrip, redeemable at some future unspecified date. Sun, 28 Aug 2011 04:46:00 +0000 NPR: Kee Malesky 11374 at http://weku.fm An American Rebellion, Sparked By Tough Times The First Supercomputer Vs. 'The Desk Set' http://weku.fm/post/first-supercomputer-vs-desk-set Now that we have handheld devices to do everything for us, it's hard to imagine the days when one computer filled a whole room.<p>Decades before today's microprocessors, the first commercially available computer used magnetic tape and 5,600 vacuum tubes. It weighed thousands of pounds and measured 25 by 50 feet. UNIVAC, short for Universal Automatic Computer, was put into service 60 years ago this week.<p>Just 46 of them were built, costing about $1 million each. The Air Force, General Electric and Prudential Insurance were among the early adopters. Sun, 19 Jun 2011 16:15:00 +0000 NPR: Kee Malesky 6866 at http://weku.fm The First Supercomputer Vs. 'The Desk Set' The Civil War's First Death Was An Accident http://weku.fm/post/civil-wars-first-death-was-accident April 14 marks the date 150 years ago that the first person was killed in the Civil War — but there's more to the story.<p><strong>The First To Die</strong><p>The first shots of the War Between the States were fired at Fort Sumter in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor in 1861. Federal troops, under command of Maj. Robert Anderson, surrendered to Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard after an artillery bombardment that had begun on April 12.<p>No one was killed during the actual engagement, but as the Union soldiers lowered their flag, they honored it with a 100-gun salute. Sat, 09 Apr 2011 12:09:00 +0000 NPR: Kee Malesky 1240 at http://weku.fm The Civil War's First Death Was An Accident