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The Leonard Lopate Show

Murder, Madness, Tyranny, and Perversion in Ancient Rome

Friday, May 23, 2014

Classical historian James Romm tells the juicy story of Seneca, a famous writer and philosopher in ancient Rome who was appointed as tutor to 12-year-old Nero, the future emperor of Rome.

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On The Media

9/11 Enters the Realm of Museum

Friday, May 23, 2014

The opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum on the footprint of the twin towers marks a new phase of remembering the events of that day and their ongoing impact. Brooke and producer Meara Sharma visit the museum on opening day and talk to designer Jake Barton about creating an experience for visitors that tells a story as well as pays tribute.

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Talking About Race And Ice Cream Leaves A Sour Taste For Some

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

An earlier NPR post about the link between a popular ice cream truck melody and blackface minstrelsy has prompted criticism that the author is dredging up irrelevant history. The author responds.

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All Things Considered

Filmmaker Brings Light To Roma, Holocaust Victims Lost To History

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Filmmaker Aaron Yeger tells the story of Roma Holocaust victims in the documentary A People Uncounted, and he joins the program to explain more.

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Morning Edition

How Russia's Shared Kitchens Helped Shape Soviet Politics

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In the Soviet Union's communal kitchens, many families jockeyed for one stove. Apartments were crowded, food was scarce and government informants were everywhere. Still, some found joy and connection.

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All Things Considered

The Winding Stories Of A Quintessential American Spy

Monday, May 19, 2014

Among his colleagues at the CIA, Robert Ames was considered the quintessential spy. Integral in the Oslo Peace Accords, the late secret agent is now the subject of Kai Bird's book, The Good Spy.

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All Things Considered

Interpreter Viktor Sukhodrev, Fulcrum Of The Cold War, Dies At 81

Monday, May 19, 2014

Robert Siegel speaks with Cold War-era Moscow correspondent Marvin Kalb about Sukhodrev's life and work. The legendary interpreter died last week at age 81.Over three decades, Viktor Sukhodrev was the interpreter for every Soviet leader from Nikita Khrushchev to Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Morning Edition

What We Learned From The Best Commencement Speeches Ever

Monday, May 19, 2014

Our new searchable database of commencement speeches brings you more than 300 of the best, tagged with the most enduring themes: Work hard. Change the world. And, of course, YOLO.

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Morning Edition

If You Want To Teach Kids History, Try Grossing Them Out First

Monday, May 19, 2014

Grown-ups might not "get it," but subjects like bugs and poop can make history lessons a little more palatable for middle schoolers. Author Sarah Albee says she writes books for her inner 12-year-old.

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The American Story, As It Was Reported To The Rest Of The Nation

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A new exhibit about ethnic newspapers, radio and TV stations and other media outlets has opened at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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A First Black Professor Remembers Her Segregated Education

Sunday, May 18, 2014

In 1966, Hortense McClinton became the first black professor hired by the University of North Carolina. She says in some ways, things are better since Brown v. Board — but in some ways, they aren't.

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Mirror, Mirror: Does 'Fairest' Mean Most Beautiful Or Most White?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

In sonnets and skin-whitening ads, the word "fair" stands in for both beauty and paleness. Once upon a time, it simply meant lovely; hundreds of years later, it gained the meaning "light-skinned."

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All Things Considered

How It Happened: 10 Years Of Gay Marriage

Saturday, May 17, 2014

On May 17 10 years ago, Massachusetts issued the first fully legal same-sex marriage license in the United States. Tanya McCloskey and Marcia Kadish were the recipients of that license. The growing acceptance of gay marriage in the U.S. is due in part to gay advertising and public support of gay-friendly workplace policies. Marketing expert David Paisley explains how that change happened to guest host Tess Vigeland.

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150 Years Old, Arlington Cemetery Is Running Out Of Room

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Arlington National Cemetery is 150 years old this week, but the historic land is constantly running out of plots. Plans to expand can only delay the time when the cemetery will be full.

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Nostalgia For What's Been Lost Since 'Brown V. Board'

Saturday, May 17, 2014

No one wants to return to the system of American apartheid. Public education, with its glaring inequities, is a reminder of all the work left undone.

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All Things Considered

Federal Goverment Jeopardizes Navajo Family's Ties To Its Home

Friday, May 16, 2014

The National Park Service says that an 89-year-old Navajo elder will be the last to live at Wupatki National Monument. Stella Peshlakai Smith's family faces eviction when she dies.

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The Takeaway

Inside the Classroom, 60 Years After 'Brown'

Friday, May 16, 2014

Decades after the landmark Supreme Court decision, what are the realities of public education in under-resourced schools that may not be segregated by law — but are far from the integrated ideal?

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Wole Soyinka: I Just Want Those Monsters Exterminated

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Nigerian Nobel laureate says the abduction of more than 250 girls by extremist group Boko Haram is a defining moment for his country.

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Does It Matter if Schools Are Racially Integrated?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sixty years ago, the historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling was supposed to level the field for all students. But some educators say we haven't made a lot of progress.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway: Workers, Schools & Veterans Continue to Seek Justice

Friday, May 16, 2014

Whistleblower Sheds Light on VA Neglect | 60 Years After 'Brown,' What Still Divides America's Classrooms? | The Reviews of This Weekend's Big New Movie Releases | Why The Indian Elections are Massive in Scale and Importance | Wage Theft Rampant in Low Skill Industries

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