Remembering Ben Franklin on his 300th Birthday

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All this year, Philadelphia is toasting Ben Franklin's successes as a printer, politician, scientist and diplomat. Library of Congress hide caption

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All this year, Philadelphia is toasting Ben Franklin's successes as a printer, politician, scientist and diplomat.

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As Philadelphia gets ready to celebrate Ben Franklin's 300th birthday on Jan. 17, Joel Rose of member station WHYY gives us a sense of Franklin's lasting impact on America.

Franklin was a man of diverse talents: publisher, inventor, ambassador, politician, wit. And one key to his appeal may lie in his all-too-human failures.

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