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Happy Birthday To Joltin' Joe — Who Didn't Even Like Baseball

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Joe DiMaggio, who was born 100 years ago this week, played baseball because he needed money — not because he loved the game. After years of stunning success, though, he came to need the sport.

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After Wrongful Conviction, Three Lifetimes Spent With Hope In Check

Sunday, November 30, 2014

They were young men when they went to prison in 1975 for a murder they did not commit. The last two of them were freed this month, releasing a joy they could finally savor together.

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WNYC News

Navajo Jewelry, From One Family's Hands

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York highlights brothers Ray and Lee Yazzie's pieces in stone, silver and gold.

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All Things Considered

In 'Imitation Game,' An Outsider Takes Center Stage

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Director Morten Tyldum says he wanted the film, about World War II code breaker Alan Turing, to show "how important it is to actually celebrate those who are different than us instead of fear them."

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A Musical Tribute For A Waiter Who Spoke Out Against Racism

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fifty years after the desegregation of the South, an oratorio will pay tribute to an unlikely civil rights activist — a waiter named Booker Wright who spoke out about discrimination on the job.

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Jesus Started A Chain Letter — And Other Hoaxes

Saturday, November 29, 2014

After Jesus died, he supposedly wrote a letter to Earth. A copy of that letter is now on display, along with other historic fakes and forgeries including a famous — and bogus — anti-Semitic tract.

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Teacher Seeks Exoneration From McCarthy-Era Conviction

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Miriam Moskowitz was convicted of conspiracy during the Red Scare. Now the 98-year-old wants to clear her name — and warn others of what happens when fear fuels persecution.

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Chicken Confidential: How This Bird Came To Rule The Cultural Roost

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Andrew Lawler's Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? explores the secret to the domesticated bird's success: "You can turn the chicken into almost anything," he says, from religious symbol to dinner.

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BackStory

WEB EXTRA - Radiation in the Milk! From "Health Nuts"

Friday, November 28, 2014

With the American History Guys

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Caro & Garry Trudeau!

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Leonard Lopate Show's three favorite segments from the last week, in case you missed them. 
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Morning Edition

Research: Long Connection Between Fraternities And Sexual Assault

Friday, November 28, 2014

Allegations of a gang rape at a University of Virginia frat party continue to shake that campus. Renee Montagne talks to historian Nicholas Syrett about the history and power of fraternities.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fleeing Vichy France and Leaving an Art Collection to be Stolen by Nazis

Friday, November 28, 2014

Anne Sinclair tells the story of her grandfather, who fled Vichy France in 1940, saving his family but leaving behind his gallery and collection of works by Monet, Cézanne, and others. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Andrea Martin, Adolescence, Abraham Lincoln

Friday, November 28, 2014

Some favorite recent interviews: The rocky road of adolescence. Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. An art dealer who fled Vichy France for America. Comic actress Andrea Martin.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Dark Days Before Lincoln Issued the Emancipation Proclamation

Friday, November 28, 2014

A look at the tumultuous six months leading up to the Lincoln's issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, possibly the most challenging time in his challenging presidency.

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All Things Considered

President Warren G. Harding: Paramour With A Pen

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Library of Congress released the rather racy love letters former President Warren G. Harding sent to his mistress. (This piece was originally broadcast on All Things Considered on July 29, 2014.)

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Wacky Wrestlers Of Yesteryear

Thursday, November 27, 2014

In America, there's a fine line between gimmicky wrestling and performance art.

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Morning Edition

Mendelssohn And Other Classic Composers Offer Musical Thanks

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Renee Montagne talks to music commentator Miles Hoffman about musical "thank yous." Hoffman is the violist of the American Chamber Players.

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Fishko Files

Man with a Movie Camera

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Many Russian films of the silent and early sound era have been classics of film history. But the films of Dziga Vertov have dropped in and out of public awareness.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Thanksgiving Day Special

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from The Takeaway! This episode are just a few of our staff favorites from the past year.

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The Native American Side Of The Thanksgiving Menu

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The first Thanksgiving was something of a joint venture between pilgrims and Native Americans. Chef Richard Hetzler shares a menu that celebrates the first settlers and the country's first tribes.

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