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James Maguire

Originally posted June 2006

American Bee

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Every spring about 265 youngsters come to Washington, DC to compete in a quintessentially American, and elegantly egalitarian, contest of wits known as the National Spelling Bee. Now it's even a live, primetime TV event. Writer James Maguire takes us deep inside the bee's workings, in a book called "American Bee."




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