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Orson Welles, Famous In Film, Also Brought Radio To Life

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Orson Welles, born 100 years ago this week, is well-known for breaking new ground in theater and film. But, as author Colin Fleming tells NPR's Rachel Martin, he also did significant work in radio.

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Martha Washington's Letters Reveal A Vital Partner To George

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Researchers are tracking down a new stash of letters from Martha Washington. Edward Lengel of The Washington Papers project at the University of Virginia tells NPR's Rachel Martin what's in the trove.

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Lincoln's Tomb Site At Risk With State Budget Cuts

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Thousands will honor Lincoln's death in Springfield, Ill. this weekend. Yet, the tomb's caretakers are facing criticism from scholars and are struggling to find funding to maintain the historic site.

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The Takeaway

The Weekender: Searching For Justice and Empathy

Saturday, May 02, 2015

In a special extended interview, actor Wendell Pierce of "The Wire" discusses the unrest in Baltimore, inequality, and police brutality.

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BackStory

Round and Round We Go

Friday, May 01, 2015

With the American History Guys

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All Things Considered

How The Fall Of Saigon Turned San Diego Into A Home For Refugees

Friday, May 01, 2015

Forty years ago, the Nguyen family was among the first refugees to be brought to San Diego after the Vietnam War. Now the community they helped form has become home to refugees from around the world.

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Soundcheck

Appreciation Versus Ambulance-Chasing: Why the Media Gets 'R.I.P.' Wrong

Friday, May 01, 2015

Soundcheck host John Schaefer posts this short audio essay on the fine line between timely appreciation of an artist's passing...and just getting the story wrong.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

'Christian America' as a Counter to the New Deal

Friday, May 01, 2015

Princeton professor Kevin Kruse says the idea that America has always been an officially Christian nation dates back no further than the New Deal in the 1930s.

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On The Media

$pread, For and By Sex Workers

Friday, May 01, 2015

Brooke speaks with two former editors of $pread, a magazine by and for sex workers that folded in 2011, about their new anthology and what the media gets wrong about sex work.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mom of the Year; Food Truck Permits; Subway Adventures

Friday, May 01, 2015

Baltimore's so-called "#MomOfTheYear;" reforming the food truck permit system; an update on Nepal's earthquake; when America became a Christian nation & subway adventures.

All Things Considered

Returning To Vietnam Years After Fleeing War, A Man Finally Feels At Home

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Duc Nguyen left Vietnam in 1975 as a boat person fleeing the communist advance. Now he has returned to an unlikely place — the seat of the communist government in Hanoi.

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A Forgotten Tradition: May Basket Day

Thursday, April 30, 2015

For at least a century or so, April flowers led to showers of May baskets on the front-door knobs of American homes.

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The Great Success And Enduring Dilemma Of Cervical Cancer Screening

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Pap smear has dramatically decreased rates of cervical cancer, but testing too often has a downside, too. Many women say they aren't yet ready to follow new guidelines and skip the annual tests.

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Morning Edition

Looting And Rioting? First Responders Remember 1968

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Some first responders are dealing with looting and burning in Baltimore for the first time. But Michel Martin asks whether there's a familiarity for those who were on duty during the riots in 1968.

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Morning Edition

Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Founder: Monument Almost Never Got Built

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jan Scruggs commemorates the 40th anniversary of the end to the Vietnam War with a walk along the memorial he pioneered building.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Socialist President, An Empty Stadium, and Buddhism in Crisis

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Takeaway explores Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential bid, the latest game played by the Baltimore Orioles, and Buddhist faith in Nepal.

All Things Considered

Vietnam Native Who Fled Country During War Returns Home

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

For the series on Vietnam, tomorrow NPR visits Nguyen Qui Duc, who fled the country before the communist takeover in 1975. He now lives in Hanoi and says he feels more at home than ever.

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All Things Considered

U.S. Army Veterans, Survivors To Mark 70th Anniversary Of Dachau Liberation

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Nazi concentration camp at at Dachau was liberated by U.S. troops 70 years ago Wednesday. Survivors and U.S. Army veterans are gathering at the camp in Germany for a commemoration this weekend.

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All Things Considered

A Senator's Effort Helps Bring Home The Last Marines Killed In Vietnam

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, WBUR's Bob Oakes tells the story of Charles McMahon, one of the last Marines to die in Vietnam.

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The Takeaway

Race, Class and Baltimore: Inside a Divided City

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Takeaway digs into the history of Baltimore—from the roots of the city's segregation, its economic disparity and police-community problems, and what it means for the future.

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