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'Nurse, Spy, Cook:' How Harriet Tubman Found Freedom Through Food

Tubman's role as a professional cook has often been overlooked. She self-funded many of her heroic raids to rescue slaves through an activity she enjoyed and excelled at: cooking.
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Loathed By Farmers, Loved By Ancients: The Strange History Of Tiger Nuts

One of the worst weeds in the world had its start as an ancient and valuable tuber used for food and medicine. Now tiger nuts are making a comeback in the health food aisle.
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The Mardi Gras Indian Of 'Lemonade'

In "Lemonade," Beyoncé's much-discussed visual album, a girl resplendent in white plumage appears. It's a nod to the pop star's New Orleans roots and loaded with the region's racial history.
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Trio Performs 'Lost' Song From The Middle Ages

About a thousand years ago, a crucial page of a musical notation was stolen. It took decades to reconstruct the piece after the missing page was recovered. Call it a medieval miracle.
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President Obama Ups The Number Of U.S. Special Operations Forces In Syria

President Obama has approved the deployment of an additional 250 Special Operations forces to Syria to advise and assist in the fight against ISIS. Join us to discuss the status of the conflict and new efforts to undermine the Islamic State’s power in the region and its influence beyond.

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Pamela Haag: "The Gunning of America"

Guns are often associated with American identity – from Revolutionary War militias to cowboys of the Wild West. A new examination of the firearms industry reveals how sales and marketing strategies shaped U-S gun culture.

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2 Shakespearean Actors Revive Debate Over The Bard's Identity

Renee Montagne talks to actors — Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance — who are questioning the identity of the Bard of Avon — with some scorn from the literary community.
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Timbuktu's 'Badass Librarians': Checking Out Books Under Al-Qaida's Nose

Librarian Abdel Kader Haidara organized a smuggling operation to keep centuries-old manuscripts out of the hands of al-Qaida. Joshua Hammer wrote about it in The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu.
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Worldwide Celebrations On The 400th Anniversary Of Shakespeare's Death

People are celebrating the Bard's life and enduring legacy around the world. Here's a look at how they're doing it, and how you can get engaged.
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Beans And Rice For Passover? A Divisive Question Gets The Rabbis' OK

For 800 years, Jews of European and Middle Eastern and Spanish ancestry have been split on the question of whether legumes, corn and rice are kosher for Passover. Rabbis have finally weighed in.

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