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California's Latino Plurality Brings A Sense Of Déjà Vu

Sunday, May 04, 2014

For the first time, Latinos are the largest population group in California. But it's not the first time that Californians of Spanish descent have outnumbered non-Hispanic whites in the state.

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Poised And Persistent, Reporter Broke White House Color Barrier

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Harry McAlpin became the first black White House reporter in 1944, though he was excluded from joining the Correspondents' Association. Decades later, he'll be be honored at the group's centennial.

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Once Scorned As A Racket, Pinball Remade Itself As Game Of Skill

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Pinball was once banned in New York City, lumped in with gambling and other social evils. It's crime? Stealing lunch money of innocent children.

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Soundcheck

Pick Three: Author Francine Prose

Friday, May 02, 2014

The acclaimed author shares a playlist of songs that helped her get into her characters' heads while writing her latest novel. 

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All Things Considered

In 4,000 Years, One Thing Hasn't Changed: It Takes Time To Buy Light

Friday, May 02, 2014

You can trace 4,000 years of economic growth through the history of light. The ways we got from a candle, made from of animal fat, to the LED lights we have today tell a lot about our modern economy.

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All Things Considered

The Grim History Of The Modern Death Penalty

Friday, May 02, 2014

Richard Dieter, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, offers a primer on the history of capital punishment.

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Yiddish Culture Takes Center Stage

Friday, May 02, 2014

An effort to preserve the Yiddish language is getting a boost from the theater world. The artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene talks about preserving the language through art.

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Morning Edition

Cinco De Mayo: Whose Holiday Is It, Anyway?

Friday, May 02, 2014

Expect to see margarita specials and sombreros galore throughout this weekend — even though, in most of Mexico, May 5 is no big deal.

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Morning Edition

Behind 'Belle': An 18th Century Portrait Ahead Of Its Time

Friday, May 02, 2014

Director Amma Asante's new film is based on the real-life story of a biracial woman who grew up in an aristocratic English family — a story that was immortalized in a painting by Johann Zoffany.

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On The Media

#24 - The Million Dollar Homepage

Thursday, May 01, 2014

In 2005, Alex Tew was a high school entrepreneur who wanted to make a million dollars before college. So he created perhaps the most ridiculous website ever to grace the Internet.

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Morning Edition

Dartmouth Celebrates 50 Years Of BASIC Computer Language

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The new programming language, developed five decades ago, didn't require code to be entered on punch cards. It also allowed computer novices to begin programming without a lot of academic training.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

She Woke Up Like: Bella Azbug

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bella Abzug was a lawyer, a member of congress, a social activist and leader of the Women's Movement. In 1971, Abzug, along with Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, founded the National Women's Political Caucus. During the 1972 fight to keep her Manhattan congressional district, Abzug sits down with reporter Eleanor Fischer.

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Features

Some of the Most Flawless Women on WNYC's Airwaves

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It’s history. It’s women. Bow down.

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The Takeaway

Inside The Secret History of Invisible Ink

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The history of invisible ink is filled with secret messages. Author Kristie Macrakis explains why invisible ink continues to mark the pages of history, fueling torrid affairs, world wars, and every kid's imagination. 

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All Things Considered

Century-Old Jewish Mural Was Hidden For Decades In Vermont

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In the late 1800s, Jewish immigrants brought the Eastern European tradition of synagogue murals to Burlington. Now one such mural, painted in 1910, is being restored.

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Ringleader Of Human Smuggling Ring Dies, Leaving A Complex Legacy

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cheng Chui Ping died of cancer in prison on Thursday. She made a career of smuggling thousands of Chinese immigrants to the U.S. and worked with a notoriously violent gang to enforce payment.

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All Things Considered

If We'd Only Known About The Impending Spam

Monday, April 28, 2014

Twenty years ago, NPR alerted staff members that they would soon have access to a new form of communication: "A collection of computer networks that is connected around the world."

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All Things Considered

A Search For Cervantes That Don Quixote Could Embrace

Monday, April 28, 2014

Scientists have begun using radar to search for the body of Spain's most famous writer, Miguel de Cervantes, who is believed to be buried in a medieval convent in Madrid.

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Letter Written Aboard Titanic On Fateful Last Day Sells For $200,000

Saturday, April 26, 2014

"The sailors say we have had a wonderful passage up to now," reads the letter from a passenger to her mother. It was sold at auction in England Saturday.

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Family Celebrates The Return Of Missing WWII Soldier's Remains

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The remains of William T. Carneal were found on the coastline of Saipan last year. After 70 years, Pfc. Carneal was remembered in a ceremony in his hometown of Paducah, Ky.

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