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Sen. Byrd's Speech

Yesterday, in opposing the Homeland Security Act, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) cited the story of a Roman senator who found himself at odds with the Roman emperor. We hear portions of Byrd's speech. And to learn whether the story of Roman Senator Helvidius Priscus is parallel to Byrd's opposition to a measure supported by President Bush, Lynn Neary talks with Steve Rutledge, associate professor of Classics at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

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Lynn Neary is an NPR arts correspondent covering books and publishing.