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Play it LOUD

Whether it's rock 'n' roll, jazz or the blues, there's no mistaking the brash sounds of the electric guitar. Thanks to the Lemelson Center's Rise of the Electric Guitar Web site, you'll be able to meet the makers and players of this musical breakthrough at http://www.si.edu/organiza/museums/nmah/ lemel/guitars/.

You'll discover how the guitar was invented and how famous makers, from Gibson to Rickenbacker, influenced its design. For those new to the guitar, audio clips demonstrate how the instrument works. Plus, there are profiles on such guitar legends as Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. It's time to strap on a Fender Stratocaster and make some noise!

Northern Exposure

You've probably pictured the wilds of Canada as covered in snow or forests, but there are also vast mountain ranges, endless prairies and thousands of lakes found there. Photographer William DeKay takes you into the Canadian heartland to meet the people living against this backdrop.

Strap on a pair of snowshoes and hike out to http://


From the fishers of British Columbia to the miners of Quebec, these are a rugged and hard-working people. During this scenic photo essay, you'll catch glimpses of the Northern Lights and rustic farms. It's time to take off to the Great White North!

Dustbowl Blues

Get out a shovel and dig your way through one of the most amazing days in weather history: The Black Blizzard of Kansas. In the 1930s, the Midwest experienced years of horrible drought and dust storms that filled houses with dirt and drove farmers away from their homes. Now you can get into the thick of the storm (without getting very dirty) at http://www.discovery.com/area/history/dustbowl/dustbowl 6' opener.html.

How bad was the dust? And why were there so many jackrabbits? Real survivors of the dust storms tell their stories in great audio clips and there's even dust storm video. And you thought dirt was boring! Could a natural disaster like this ever happen again? You'll just have to log on to get all the dirt on this one.

When you know the answers to these questions, go to http:// www.4Kids.org/detectives/

Which part of an acoustic guitar amplifies the sound?

Which day of the week did the Black Blizzard strike?

Pub Date: 6/23/98

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