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National Museum of African American History Opens Its Doors

More than 100 years after it was originally proposed, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening its doors in Washington, D.C.
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The Politics Hour — September 23, 2016

The D.C. Council tackles a range of progressive labor bills. The fight over who can grow medical marijuana in Maryland will go to court. And Fairfax County's schools superintendent steps down.

At Smithsonian African American Museum, A Washington Painter Gets His Due

A groundbreaking abstract artist who has lived in D.C. since the '60s, Sam Gilliam has a new large-scale work in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Some say it's the kind of recognition he has deserved his entire career.

When Blacks Fled The South, D.C. Became Home For Many From North Carolina

Starting the early 1900s, millions of African Americans fled the South and headed to cities in the West and North. For blacks fleeing North Carolina, a favorite destination became Washington, D.C. — reshaping the city's culture and composition in dramatic ways.

Living History: Members Of Shaw Checkers Club Find Their Place At NMAAHC

It's not just African American celebrities who are honored at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Also in the collection is a photo series showing some distinctly local flavor — Capitol Pool Checkers Club.

Rich History Of Underground Railroad Runs Just Outside Of Washington

It's a big moment for African American history in the nation's capital with the opening of the new museum on the National Mall. But our area holds other curiosities for those interested in history — like the Underground Railroad Experience Trail in Sandy Spring.

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This weekend, D.C. celebrated the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Kojo chats with the civil rights leader and longtime city council member who chaired the D.C...
The Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of "Bloom County" on the revival of his beloved comic strip after a 25-year hiatus and a new book about the origins of Bill The Cat.
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Charlotte police release video of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. But questions and doubts remain. The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery brings us the latest from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Michel Martin chats with David Kamp about his Vanity Fair interview with Bruce Springsteen. In the book, called Born to Run, Springsteen opens up about his life and his history with mental...
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The first presidential debate is Monday, both candidates hoping to do well. But what does it mean to "win" a debate? American University history professor Allan Lichtman explains.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in their first debate Monday night, with high stakes for both candidates.
Michel Martin chats with NPR's Washington correspondent Brian Naylor about the FCC's scheduled vote this week on a proposal that could one day save cable subscribers money.
Prof. Joseph Kennedy of the University of North Carolina School of Law explains how the state's open carry laws relate to the Keith Lamont Scott case playing out in Charlotte, NC.
Adam Sharp, head of News and Government at Twitter talks to Michel Martin about the role of Twitter during Monday's presidential debates.
It's the first time Jann Wenner has allowed an outside investor to buy a part of the fabled magazine he founded in 1967.
China says the 500-hundred meter telescope detected a radio signal originating 1,351 light-years from Earth. One of its uses is scanning for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life.
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