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4:34pm

Tue May 5, 2015
The Two-Way

Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:33 am

Thomas Edison's talking dolls were reportedly pretty robust, but their miniature phonographs were another story.
Collection of Robin and Joan Rolfs Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Back in 1890, Thomas Edison gave us the world's first talking dolls. Today, the glassy-eyed cherubs that are still around stand about 2 feet tall; they have wooden limbs and a metal body; and they sound supercreepy. (If you're looking for a soundtrack to your nightmares, listen to the audio story above.) Edison built and sold about 500 of them back in 1890. Now, new technology has made hearing them possible for the first time in decades.

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4:11pm

Tue May 5, 2015
Religion

Texas Shooting Sheds Light On Murkiness Between Free, Hate Speech

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:32 pm

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4:11pm

Tue May 5, 2015
National Security

Self-Declared Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Texas Shooting

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:55 pm

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3:31pm

Tue May 5, 2015
Politics

Obama To Nominate Gen. Joseph Dunford As Joint Chiefs Chairman

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:32 pm

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3:31pm

Tue May 5, 2015
Politics

Mike Huckabee Announces Bid For Republican Presidential Nomination

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:32 pm

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