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Jan 1, 2018

As time continues to separate us from World War II, more and more little-known information about certain United States war efforts is coming to light. Perhaps one of the more interesting centers on a U.S. program that recruited female college graduates, more than 10,000 of them, to serve as code breakers in the war effort. Through archival research and interviews with some of these code breakers, one author has written the incredible story of these women, who were ordered to never reveal the scope of their work during the war.  

Guest:  Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War Two.  She is also the best-selling author of two other books - The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex, Love, and Family… and Love and Family and Michele: A Biography. Mundy was a longtime reporter for the Washington Post, and has contributed to numerous publications including The Atlantic, Time, The New Republic, Slate, Mother Jones, and Politico.  

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