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Any woman who in 1889 beat Jules Verne’s fictional 80-day pace for circumnavigating the world (she did it in under 73) is naturally going to go down in history as an adventurer. But Nellie Bly was also a major muckraker, whose journalistic stunts (like having herself committed to New York City’s horrific Blackwell Island insane asylum) yielded newspaper stories that led to major reforms. Former UPI reporter Brooke Kroeger discusses her book, Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist, which makes the case for Bly (real name: Elizabeth Seaman) as all three of those things. At noon at the National Archives, Room 105, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 501-5000. (MJ)