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Fleeing To Dismal Swamp, Slaves And Outcasts Found Freedom

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Most Americans know about the Underground Railroad, which allowed Southern slaves to escape to the North. But some slaves stayed in the South, hidden in a place where they could resist enslavement.

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Before The Internet, Librarians Would 'Answer Everything' — And Still Do

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The New York Public Library recently came upon a box of questions posed to the library from the 1940s to the '80s — an era when humans consulted other humans for answers to their daily questions.

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All Things Considered

For Hollywood, 'Selma' Is A New Kind Of Civil Rights Story

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The film, about a 1965 voting rights march, stands out for its focus on black characters, including some of the movement's lesser-known organizers, and the way it humanizes Martin Luther King Jr.

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With Each New Upheaval In Iraq, More Minorities Flee

Saturday, December 27, 2014

"We like Iraq, but Iraq doesn't like us," says a displaced Christian man. He's just one of example of religious minorities who have been dislodged from parts of Iraq where they have ancient roots.

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BackStory

Being Santa

Friday, December 26, 2014

With the American History Guys

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On The Media

The History of Beats

Friday, December 26, 2014

You’d think that beat reporting has been fundamental to journalism since the birth of the business. But beats didn’t really take off until a little over a century ago.

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On The Media

The State House Beat

Friday, December 26, 2014

Two-thirds of audited daily papers do not assign a single reporter to cover the State House. 

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WNYC News

NYPD Funerals: Intense Affairs with Flourishes from the Civil War

Friday, December 26, 2014

WNYC
Returning soldiers brought their solemn rites with them, and that introduced a military pageantry that endures at funerals for NYPD officers. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Was Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, a Failed Leader or Misunderstood?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson argues that Davis's place in history deserves to be reconsidered.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

"25 Years in 25 Days" in Two Hours

Friday, December 26, 2014

We're re-playing some of our favorite segments from our anniversary series, "25 Years in 25 Days", including: Mad Men creator Matt Weiner; 2004 in food; Maureen Dowd; and more.

All Things Considered

What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.

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Morning Edition

Romania's Rush To Judge Ceausescu Haunts Retired General

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Andrei Kemenici, who was a colonel then, says he still thinks about the 4 days he held Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife in custody before their execution 25 years ago on Christmas Day.

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Morning Edition

A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

World War I had just begun and the battles were blazing in the winter of 1914. But on Christmas Eve, something strange and unexpected happened. The soldiers in the trenches decided to call a truce.

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Fishko Files

Cab Calloway

Thursday, December 25, 2014

This notable date, December 25th, is also the birthday of the exuberant entertainer Cab Calloway of Hi-De-Ho fame. 

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A Very Native American Christmas

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

For some Native Americans, Christmas has been a time for decorated trees, Santa Claus and lots of old traditions.

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The Takeaway

The Movie Date Podcast's Holiday Film Guide

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tonight's the biggest release date of the year - Christmas Eve! Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman review seven movies out on the big screen tonight.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Failures of Elite Colleges, Opposites Attract, the Successes of Chinese Americans

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

How elite colleges are falling short. Lucinda Franks talks about Robert Morgenthau. James Ellroy's novel Perfidia. Eric Liu on the Chinese American identity.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Herbie Hancock; Astronaut Photos; Around the World with HONY

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock; astronaut Chris Hadfield; "Humans of New York" photographer Brandon Stanton; music inspired by (and inspiring for) protests; and New York City in 101 objects.

The Leonard Lopate Show

What it Means to be Chinese American

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Author, educator and entrepreneur Eric Liu explores language and identity and looks at what it means to be Chinese American today.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Christmas Hymns from the Bowery Mission in 1961

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

WNYC
In this tape, part of our collection of NYC field recordings from the 1960s, an audience of mostly homeless men at a Bowery Mission Christmas sermon are asked to stand and sing.
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