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John Doar Remembered As A Civil Rights Pioneer

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A top civil rights lawyer for the Justice Department in the turbulent 1960s, John Doar made his mark fighting racial discrimination. He was 92.

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Mormon Church Admits Founder Joseph Smith Had Up To 40 Wives

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Church of Latter-day Saints never denied polygamy was part of its history. But in a series of new essays, it describes the now-banned practice in detail.

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The Takeaway

How the Borders of WWI Shape the Conflict in Iraq

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Boundaries created after WWI have led to many modern day conflicts, including the current struggle between Kurdish forces and the group that calls itself the Islamic State.  

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The Takeaway

Jackie Kennedy's Unseen Struggle With PTSD

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When Jackie Kennedy witnessed the shooting death of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, it was a moment that changed the world. It also profoundly changed Jackie herself.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Deep Scars of Battles Near and Far

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This Veterans Day, we explore how WWI is still impacting us, one general reflects on the failures of the Iraq and Afghan wars, and we look at the untold story of Jackie Kennedy.

All Things Considered

Newly Released Tape Captures Reagan Apology To Margaret Thatcher

Monday, November 10, 2014

Robert Siegel talks with presidential historian James Mann about the recently released tape of President Reagan apologizing to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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The Takeaway

The Holy Killings That Rocked U.S. Foreign Policy

Monday, November 10, 2014

In 1980, U.S. foreign policy was rocked when four American churchwomen—three nuns and one missionary—were killed in El Salvador.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why China Gave the U.S. the Cold Shoulder in 1945

Monday, November 10, 2014

Richard Bernstein, foreign correspondent and former Beijing bureau chief for Time, tells why relations between China and America changed in 1945.

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Morning Edition

Va. Couple Discovers Civil War Graffiti In Their Home

Monday, November 10, 2014

A couple in Berryville, Va., removed paint from a stairwell in their house. They found graffiti from the 1860s that Confederate soldiers had drawn of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

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Morning Edition

Berlin's 'Palace Of Tears,' A Reminder Of Divided Families, Despair

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Berlin Wall separated many German families, and their anguish was visible at the former Berlin railway station — now a museum — that was the main crossing between East and West.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Advice for Life in the Cubicle World, Civil War Spies

Monday, November 10, 2014

Answers to your questions on job hunting, resumes, office etiquette, and more. Women spies during the Civil War. William Gibson's The Peripheral. US-China relations since 1945.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Four Women Civil War Spies

Monday, November 10, 2014

Karen Abbott tells the true story of four women—a socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who risked their lives to become spies during the Civil War.

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All Things Considered

25 Years Later: Looking Back On The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

Sunday, November 09, 2014

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates talks to Berlin correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson about the festivities marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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How Mr. Hasselhoff Tore Down This Wall

Sunday, November 09, 2014

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Baywatch star David Hasselhoff sang to huge crowds gathered at the Brandenburg Gate, becoming a pop symbol of Germany's freedom and a hero to many.

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Space Artifact Auction To Benefit Future Astronauts

Saturday, November 08, 2014

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Robert Pearlman, editor of collectSPACE, about an auction of space artifacts. Among the collectibles are objects from Neil Armstrong's estate.

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The Takeaway

The Weekender: Fake Attack Ads, Funny Lady Maria Bamford, and Jackie O's Untold Story

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! 

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BackStory

Friendship Out of Fallout

Friday, November 07, 2014

With the American History Guys

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All Things Considered

Art Installation Commemorates 25 Years Since Berlin Wall Lost Its Power

Friday, November 07, 2014

On Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall stopped being a barrier between East and West Germany, ushering in the end of communist rule across the Soviet bloc.

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The Takeaway

Remembering The Fall of The Berlin Wall

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Berlin Wall simply melted away 25 years ago this Sunday. Brick by brick, people grasped the wall with their dreams and dared to pull it down.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Jimmy Fallon's Success, Maria Bamford's Comedy, and Steinbeck's Lost Story

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Takeaway explains what Jimmy Fallon can teach us about success, Maria Bamford stops by to talk comedy, and a never-published John Steinbeck story has surfaced.