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Martin Gardner, Genius Of Recreational Mathematics

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Weekend Edition's own "Math Guy" Keith Devlin calls the late Martin Gardner the greatest "math guy" of all time. As Devlin tells NPR's Scott Simon, Gardner had little formal mathematics training.

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LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lyndon Johnson taught in the South Texas town of Cotulla in 1928. Even as president, he always remembered the grinding poverty of his students.

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Poetic Take On Black Boxer Lands Punches With Broad Appeal

Friday, April 11, 2014

Boxing has long laid bare American tensions around race. Artists like Adrian Matejka, whose latest book of poetry is based on the life of Jack Johnson, take the conversation outside the ring.

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The Takeaway

Colin Firth on Torture & 'The Railway Man'

Friday, April 11, 2014

Actor Colin Firth discusses his new film “The Railway Man,” which tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II.

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How The Son Of A Confederate Soldier Became A Civil Rights Hero

Thursday, April 10, 2014

In a landmark case in 1951, J. Waties Waring denounced segregation as an "evil that must be eradicated." A life-sized statue of Waring will be dedicated Friday in Charleston, S.C.

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A Peek Beneath A Mummy's Wrappers, Powered By CT Scanners

Thursday, April 10, 2014

John Taylor, the curator at the British Museum, discusses how CT scans and imaging are used to discover information about mummies.

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The Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry Built the First Subway

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What the fans may not realize is that one of the greatest New York–Boston rivalries didn’t happen on a baseball diamond, it happened underground, spurring the very thing that may be bringing fans to a game: The subway.

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Does 'Cesar Chavez' Ignore Filipino Workers?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The film Cesar Chavez focuses on the Mexican-American activist who helped organize farm workers. But some say the movie ignores the Filipino laborers in that movement. Filmmaker Marisa Aroy explains.

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Step Behind Closed Doors And Into The LBJ Library's Time Machine

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library runs an online archive with a trove of civil rights memorabilia, including handwritten notes about Thurgood Marshall and a private letter from Jackie Robinson.

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Finding Family Through a Dark Legacy of Slavery

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tess Taylor and Gayle Jessup White were living separate lives on separate sides of the country, when the two women discovered they were related, through not just anyone, but through the Thomas Jefferson family line.

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Fishko Files

World's Fair 1939

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Seventy five years ago, the “The World of Tomorrow,” held a special promise for Depression-era America.

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Soundcheck

Decoding the Sounds of AMC's Spy Series, 'Turn'

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Film and TV composer Marco Beltrami talks about his score for the AMC series, Turn, about America's first spy ring.

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Developer To Preserve Ancient Tequesta Village In Heart Of Miami

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Archaeologists say the collection of circles in the bedrock of the city may be the oldest remains of a tribal village east of the Mississippi.

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Life of the Law

People and Their Taxes

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

It’s April and that means two things: spring and tax time! The US tax system is really, really complicated. Every time you do your taxes, you’re answering to multiple jurisdictions –– and all their laws about what you owe for what, and why.

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How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The early days of college hoops were dominated by flashy players who were thought to be naturally suited for the game and who saw the sport as their way out of the ghetto. They're not who you suspect.

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A Mystery For Millennia, This Ancient Pyramid May Crumble Soon

Monday, April 07, 2014

The Sun Pyramid, built by ancient pre-Aztecs around 100 B.C., is in trouble. A bad reconstruction job a century ago may be causing one side of the pyramid to dry out, and some say it could crumble.

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Fresh Air

If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

Monday, April 07, 2014

In How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman explores how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. "Jesus himself didn't call himself God and didn't consider himself God," Ehrman says.

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Inside America's 'Superpredator' Panic

Monday, April 07, 2014

In 1994, the murder of Robert Sandifer, an 11-year-old gang member who went by the name "Yummy," set off a wave of panic about the next generation of juvenile criminals.

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Fighting For Rwanda's Justice In France

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The first Rwandan genocide trial to take place in France sent a man to prison for 25 years last month. Dafroza Gauthier and her organization helped make that conviction possible.

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FBI Raids Indiana Man's Private Collection Of Historical Artifacts

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The FBI has seized thousands of Native American and cultural artifacts from the home of a southern Indiana man. Among the items are arrowheads, gas masks, even a full skeleton. Investigators say the man may have violated international treaties and federal and state laws when he bought the items.

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