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Alexander Robey Shepherd: Man Who Built the Nation's Capital

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John Richardson, author of a new biography of Alexander Robey Shepherd discusses Shepherd's controversial work as the czar of public works in Washington during the 1870s. Shepherd spearheaded an effort to modernize infrastructure in the District of Columbia and transform the scraggly city into a true national capital. However, his efforts led to charges of cronyism and corruption.

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Video thumbnail: WETA Digital Extras World War I Hero: Arlington's John Lyon

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World War I Hero: Arlington's John Lyon

WETA remembers Arlingtonian John Lyon who died heroically during WWI.

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World War I Hero: Arlington's John Lyon

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Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.

Walt Whitman's experience in Washington during the Civil War was formative to his career.

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Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.

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Arlington Police Department: 75 Years Serving the Community

Captain Michelle Nuneville looks back on the history of the Arlington Police Department.

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Arlington Police Department: 75 Years Serving the Community

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Lost Civil War History: Northern Virginia Contraband Camps

Civil War blogger Ron Baumgarten discusses a often-forgotten aspect of Civil War history.

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Lost Civil War History: Northern Virginia Contraband Camps

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