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Airs Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week Commentator Gary Joiner travels back to the Switzerland and Italy for the birth of Nitroglycerin. 

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

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A GIFT OF LIFE - The John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center is the only transplant center in north Louisiana. More than 2,000 organ transplantations have been performed since the program’s inception in 1977. The Center treats patients from the Ark-La-Tex and beyond.

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Airs Saturday, December 31, at 9p.m - 3 a.m. An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's festive jazz you can party to, all night long. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, each segment stops in a special venue, throughout the country.  

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