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How Presidential Memoirs Work

Just about every U.S. president of the past 80 years has released his memoirs. But they don't all take the same format. We'll look at the variations and why -- apart from historical record -- former presidents feel compelled to put pen to paper.

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  • Behind "Burn Notice": Spies and Conspiracy Theories

    Behind "Burn Notice": Spies and Conspiracy Theories

    Is the life of a spy really like it's portrayed on TV? This collection of articles illuminates the shadowy world of espionage. Learn all about spy gadgets spy gear spy planes and spying for the government. See more »

  • Do I have a terrorist score on file with Homeland Security?

    Do I have a terrorist score on file with Homeland Security?

    In a document released in November 2006, the Department of Homeland Security revealed aspects of a targeting program that most citizens and many lawmakers didn't know about. See more »

  • Flying High: Air Force One Quiz

    Flying High: Air Force One Quiz

    Nicknamed the "flying White House" by the media, Air Force One has the special duty of carrying the U.S. president on trips overseas and across the country. How high does your knowledge soar regarding this high-tech, deluxe jumbo jet? See more »

  • How Air Force One Works

    How Air Force One Works

    When the president goes anywhere by plane, he travels in the most amazing private jet in the world -- a flying White House complete with a gym! Take a tour of this amazing aircraft and see pictures from past and present. See more »

  • How does the FBI decide who makes the Most Wanted list?

    How does the FBI decide who makes the Most Wanted list?

    The FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list has been an unqualified success since its inception in the 1950s. Learn how they choose its members. See more »

  • How does the FCC police obscenity?

    How does the FCC police obscenity?

    The FCC is the government group that reacted to Janet Jackson's Super Bowl exposure and to indecency violations by Bubba the Love Sponge. Learn about the FCC's obscenity criteria. See more »

  • How Foster Care Works

    How Foster Care Works

    The foster care system is a relatively recent solution to the problem of parents being unable to care for their children. Separate and very different from adoption, foster care is usually meant to be a temporary situation. Find out how the system works and how people become foster parents. See more »

  • How Numbers Stations Work

    How Numbers Stations Work

    We may be living in the age of the Internet, but simple shortwave radio transmitters still play a part in the espionage game. The huge benefit: There's no trail. See more »

  • How Presidential Memoirs Work

    How Presidential Memoirs Work

    Just about every U.S. president of the past 80 years has released his memoirs. But they don't all take the same format. We'll look at the variations and why -- apart from historical record -- former presidents feel compelled to put pen to paper. See more »

  • How Spies Work

    How Spies Work

    Spies have shaped foreign policy, altered the course of wars and left a deep (though usually hidden) impression on world history. It's a tense and often deadly job. See more »

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