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Willis Conover, The Voice Of Jazz Behind The Iron Curtain

American broadcaster Willis Conover was known around the world in places like Prague, Moscow and Warsaw, but not so much at home. For more than 40 years, he hosted a jazz show on the Voice of America.
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Retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Steps In A Now 'Unchanged Eden'

A century and a half ago, the poet and philosopher headed to New York's Adirondack Mountains with some notable pals. Today, we follow his journey with a new crew, the help of a painting and a book.
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Marylanders, Divided During The Civil War, Grapple With Symbols Of Confederacy

Maryland officially stayed in the Union during the Civil War, but soldiers fought on both sides of the conflict. Today the state still has many symbols with Confederate ties.

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Uncovering The Tale Of Yarrow Mamout, Former Slave, Muslim Man About Town

An effort is underway in Georgetown to solve a mystery: whether a Muslim slave from West Africa is buried on the property he owned after gaining freedom in 1796.

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D.C. Swim League Busting The Myth That Black People Don't Swim

In the second part of our series on District pools, we'll look at the D.C. Swim League's efforts to get more African-American youth swimming.

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Quran Fragments Found In U.K. Library Are Among Oldest In The World

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Susan Worrall, the special collections director of the University of Birmingham's Cadbury Research Library, where the fragments were discovered.
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How An 11-Year-Old Boy Invented The Popsicle

The beloved ice pops were born of a young boy's tinkering with sugary soda powder and water on a cold night. But the end of this tale for Frank Epperson was not as sweet as his treat.
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The Private World Of The White House

Former White House reporter Kate Andersen Brower joins us to share stories she gathered from the White House's most private employees -- the domestic staff.

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12 Lost American Slangisms From The 1800s

Today's lingo seems creative, but slang in 19th century America was every bit as colorful.
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Smithsonian Launches Kickstarter To Preserve Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit

The space suit that shielded the first human on the surface of the moon is in need of restoration and preservation, so Smithsonian is turning to potential visitors to bankroll what will be the centerpiece of a future exhibit.

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