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It’s time for a history lesson!

The video above, produced by the Works Progress Administration, shows a day in the life of the capital in 1936, a city that the narrator says had “again become a war capital,” fighting ”a battle to put men to work.” It’s a concern not so different from the debates of Washington today.

The National Journal staff trekked to the roof of the Watergate to view the Discovery shuttle fly over DC. 

Our health/tech editor Maggie Fox brought her daughter along! 

Submit your Discovery photos to

UPDATE: More photos from Maggie! Here we all are looking windblown. 

Left to right: Kate, Me (digital team/newsroom assistant), Alissa Swango (digital editor), Jenna Zwang (digital team), John Miller (PUSH team), Matt Vasilogambros (PUSH team) and Lara Seligman (PUSH team).

“The Discovery is flying over DC today! Keep an eye to the sky between 10 & 11am when it’s supposed to fly over the National Mall. Snap a pic and submit it to”