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King's Family Builds Its Own Legacy Of Legal Battles

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children have feuded bitterly over his legacy for years. They're often criticized, but some believe their desire to tightly control their father's estate is fair.

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Book Tells A Secret Story Of WWII Internments

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Train to Crystal City is the story of the WWII program to trade German and Italian Americans for Americans who were trapped abroad. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Jan Jarboe Russell.

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All Things Considered

Illustrated Memoir Recalls Marching In Selma At Just 15

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Lynda Blackmon Lowery was still a child when she joined the legendary 1965 march. Now she's written a book for young readers about the experience, called Turning 15 On The Road To Freedom.

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Do You Harp A Slib Of The Ling? One Small Town's Opaque Language

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Tiny Boonville, California, is known for a few things. Its wineries, its tight-knit community, and its very own language. Boontling was created in the late 1800s as a way to gossip covertly.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Selma's 'Timeliness and Timelessness'

Friday, January 16, 2015

For copyright reasons, 'Selma' doesn't use MLK's exact words or speeches. So we asked a movie critic and a historian about how the film handles present and past context.

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The Takeaway

Your 2015 Travel Guide to Cuba

Friday, January 16, 2015

Today the White House will officially ease travel restrictions to Cuba. If the island nation is making your travel list this year, we're here to help show you the other side of paradise.

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BackStory

In Their Own Words

Friday, January 16, 2015

With the American History Guys

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Hawaii As 'Racial Paradise'? Bid For Obama Library Invokes A Complex Past

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Professor Ellen Wu writes about how the mythology — and the history — of Hawaii as a multicultural melting pot may affect its chances of hosting the Obama Presidential Library.

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Fishko Files

Zhivago Translation

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The art of translation has a lot to do with give and take --between two languages, and in this case, two translators.  Here is the next Fishko Files...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Obama Place in History

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What will President Obama's place in history be when it's all said and done? New York Magazine tackled how the future will assess our present in a sweeping new project.

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Morning Edition

Far From North Africa, Berbers In The U.S. Ring In A New Year

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

For the indigenous people of Northern Africa, Jan. 14 is a day to celebrate their culture and religion. It reminds Berbers living in the U.S. of the struggle to preserve their identity far from home.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Recaps: NJ State of the State; Parks & Rec; Inspector General’s Report

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The inspector general's report; NJ state of the state address; Parks & Rec recap; an early look at President Obama’s place in history; and the U.S. as the ‘world’s policeman.’ 

NYPR Archives & Preservation

Those Dusty Archives

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A crusading archivist encounters the jungle of his/her own collection.
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All Things Considered

The Story Behind '40 Acres And A Mule'

Monday, January 12, 2015

As the Civil War was winding down 150 years ago, Union leaders asked their men how they could help the thousands of newly freed slaves.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 408: How We Roll

Monday, January 12, 2015

In July 2014, Raphael Hameed was walking with his 5-year-old son, Ish, when they were hit by a speeding car. Raphael lost his leg. Ish, his only son, was killed. While the driver is awaiting trial for vehicular homicide, her sister, Megiddëh Goldston, is trying to do right by the Hameed family. They connected after the accident. And now she visits Raphael and his wife, Heidi, to help with their day-to day-life. They sat down for StoryCorps in Colorado Springs.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 407: Top Secret Santa

Monday, January 12, 2015

Terri Van Keuren, Richard Shoup and Pamela Farrell remember how their father, Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, started the holiday tradition of tracking Santa Claus on U.S. military radar in 1955.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. Reflects on His Son, Atlanta and the Movement for Civil Rights

Monday, January 12, 2015

A father speaks of the son, his city and the movement for freedom.
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All Things Considered

A Half-Century Of Battles For The Biggest Rock Walls

Sunday, January 11, 2015

As two climbers attempt Yosemite's most daunting cliff face, documentarian Nick Rosen, co-writer and co-director of Valley Uprising, explains the park's history of climbs and culture clashes.

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'Selma' Backlash Misses The Point

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Historian Peniel Joseph says Selma is the first major film about civil rights history that properly honors the contributions of the movement's African-American foot soldiers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Washington Heights, Hookah & Rep. Steve Israel

Friday, January 09, 2015

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.
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