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Astronomy Studying Quebec Teen Discovers Lost Mayan City

William Gadoury noticed a three-star constellation with only two Mayan cities and theorized there must be another one. Satellite images confirm buried geometric shapes in an area of dense vegetation.
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More Than A Mistress: Madame De Pompadour Was A Minister Of The Arts

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, may be best known as King Louis XV's chief mistress. But she was also a well-educated tastemaker, a patron of the arts and an artist in her own right.
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Janine di Giovanni: "The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches From Syria"

The Middle East editor of Newsweek has been a war correspondent since the 1980s. She says reporting on the war in Syria is unlike any other conflict she’s covered. The brutal reality of the daily lives of Syrians.

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Ken Burns Delves Deeply Into America's Complex Racial History

The documentary filmmaker has been chosen to deliver this year's Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the highest honor bestowed by the federal government for work in the field.
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Take A Second To Salute Anna Jarvis, The Mother Of Mother's Day

The first official Mother's Day services took place in May 1908 in West Virginia, to honor Anna Jarvis' mother. Olive Ricketts, director of the Anna Jarvis Museum, discusses the day's origins.
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What Is 'Natural' Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil

Time is almost up for consumers to tell the FDA what "natural" food means. It's an ancient philosophical question with no easy answers.
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The Forgotten History Of African-American Jockeys

Many of the early jockeys in the Kentucky Derby's history were black — unlike today, as Professor Pellom McDaniels of Emory University explains.
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Before The Races, Test Your Kentucky Derby Knowledge

NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with author and trivia master A.J. Jacobs about everything you always wanted to know about the Kentucky Derby.
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Celebrating Mother's Day? Make Sure You Have The Date Right

Many countries in the world celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May, but it's not the global norm. Turns out it has to do with the origins of the celebration, historical events and culture.
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Newly Released Documents Detail Traumas Of China's Cultural Revolution

Historian Frank Dikötter says newly opened archives offer fresh details about the chaos China experienced in the 1960s, when Chairman Mao urged students to take to the streets.

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