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Tales of Toxic Mushrooms and Dirty Bombs in New York

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Two new novels imagine the city experiencing apocalyptic events. 

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All Things Considered

At 800 And Aging Well, The Magna Carta Is Still A Big Draw

Monday, April 13, 2015

Issued by an embattled King John in 1215, the document sometimes called England's greatest export is now on display at the British Library, where it's pulling in large crowds.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Family's Great Migration North

Monday, April 13, 2015

A new exhibition at MoMA focuses on The Great Migration from the Jim Crow South to Harlem in the 1930s. We heard from listeners about their personal family connections to the movement.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

When Puerto Rico Rebelled

Monday, April 13, 2015

Former New York State Assemblyman Nelson A. Denis talks about the little-known 1950 nationalist rebellion against U.S. military rule in Puerto Rico

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The Takeaway

Georgia Golf Course Claims History in Civil Rights Movement

Monday, April 13, 2015

In 1961, the Charles L. Bowden Golf Course became the first place in Macon, Georgia to integrate. Decades later, it's becoming a national historic landmark.

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The Takeaway

The Secret War For Puerto Rico

Monday, April 13, 2015

In the 1950s, the United States violently put down a revolution in Puerto Rico and worked to cover it up. Now over 50 years later, the truth is coming out.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Political Divisions in Spain, Georgia and Puerto Rico

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Takeaway chats with the President of Catalonia, we explore an unlikely historical landmark in Georgia, and the secret history of Puerto Rico.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Hillary Clinton Announces; Opting Out of State Tests; The Great Migration

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton's presidential plans; the Iran deal in Farsi and English; opting out of standardized tests; Puerto Rico's 1950 rebellion; art and oral history from the Great Migration.

All Things Considered

Discovery Gives New Ending To A Death At The Civil War's Close

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hannah Reynolds, a slave, was the only civilian killed in the Battle of Appomattox Court House during the Civil War. A new discovery suggests, contrary to earlier belief, that she died a free woman.

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On Steel Horses They Ride — To Honor 19th-Century Cavalries

Sunday, April 12, 2015

In the mid- and late 1800s, Buffalo Soldiers were all-black cavalries patrolling America's western frontier. Today, a motorcycle club that carries their name pays homage to the soldiers.

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This Date In History: Wham! (Awkwardly) Opens Doors In China

Sunday, April 12, 2015

30 years ago this month, Wham! became the first Western band to perform in communist China. NPR's Rachel Martin reflects on the anniversary.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Get Your Medieval On!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Some people people prefer their medieval adventures up close and personal. Producer Aubrey Ralph takes inside one of those groups.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Geoffrey Chaucer, Detective

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Medievalist Bruce Holsinger writes historical fiction starring some names familiar to English majors -- Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower.  They were poets but in Holsinger's novels they also deal in secrets.

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All Things Considered

Know That THX 'Sound' Before Movies? That's Actually 20,000 Lines Of Code

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Deep Note, THX's distinctive audio logo often heard before movies, is getting an upgrade. The sound's creator, James A. Moorer, first composed it in code in 1982.

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The Takeaway

Ballpark Figures: The Unsung Heroes of Baseball

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender Podcast! 

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All Things Considered

Remembering Apollo 13, NASA's Most Famous 'Successful Failure'

Friday, April 10, 2015

Space travel is never routine or easy and the Apollo 13 mission to the moon proved that point. An explosion aboard the spacecraft 55 hours after liftoff forever changed NASA.

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All Things Considered

Painting The 'Epic Drama' Of The Great Migration: The Work Of Jacob Lawrence

Friday, April 10, 2015

A rare exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art features 60 of Lawrence's paintings about the journey of 6 million African-Americans, who fled the segregated South during the Great Migration.

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BackStory

Trials & Tribunes

Friday, April 10, 2015

With the American History Guys

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The U.N. and the Challenge to Provide an International Education

Friday, April 10, 2015

WNYC
The formation of the United Nations was the perfect impetus for an international school in New York, but what goes into shaping an international "citizen of the world"?
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Defeating Polio, The Disease That Paralyzed America

Friday, April 10, 2015

On April 12, 2015, the world will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jonas Salk's vaccine that helped defeat a contagious, crippling virus.

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