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Mormon Church Admits Founder Joseph Smith Had Up To 40 Wives

The Church of Latter-day Saints never denied polygamy was part of its history. But in a series of new essays, it describes the now-banned practice in detail.

Newly Released Tape Captures Reagan Apology To Margaret Thatcher

Robert Siegel talks with presidential historian James Mann about the recently released tape of President Reagan apologizing to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Va. Couple Discovers Civil War Graffiti In Their Home

A couple in Berryville, Va., removed paint from a stairwell in their house. They found graffiti from the 1860s that Confederate soldiers had drawn of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Berlin's 'Palace Of Tears,' A Reminder Of Divided Families, Despair

The Berlin Wall separated many German families, and their anguish was visible at the former Berlin railway station — now a museum — that was the main crossing between East and West.

25 Years Later: Looking Back On The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates talks to Berlin correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson about the festivities marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

How Mr. Hasselhoff Tore Down This Wall

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Baywatch star David Hasselhoff sang to huge crowds gathered at the Brandenburg Gate, becoming a pop symbol of Germany's freedom and a hero to many.


Space Artifact Auction To Benefit Future Astronauts

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Robert Pearlman, editor of collectSPACE, about an auction of space artifacts. Among the collectibles are objects from Neil Armstrong's estate.

Art Installation Commemorates 25 Years Since Berlin Wall Lost Its Power

On Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall stopped being a barrier between East and West Germany, ushering in the end of communist rule across the Soviet bloc.

Civil War Veteran Awarded Medal Of Honor, 150 Years Later

President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday to a soldier who stayed at his post under withering fire, 150 years ago. Lt. Alonzo Cushing was just 22, commanding an artillery battery during the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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Vintage Postcards Offer View Of A Long-Gone D.C.

Willard C. Ross liked to go beyond D.C.'s monuments: His early 20th century images show the city's corner stores, neighborhoods, civic parades and moments from residents' daily lives.