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Pearl Harbor: How 'A Date Which Will Live In Infamy' Almost Wasn't

On the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library is making public digitized versions of the president's speech drafts, revisions and audio files for the first time.


The Difficult History Behind Woodrow Wilson

The former president is remembered for progressive views on the state, but his views on race were anything but. With his legacy at Princeton now disputed, historians weigh Wilson's complex history.

A Look Back On Montgomery Bus Boycott — And What It Says About The Future

As the nation marks the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery bus boycott, listen to a selection from a panel discussion led by NPR's Michel Martin about the history and future of civil rights.

Wreck Of Legendary Spanish Galleon Is Finally Found, Colombia Says

The San Jose sank in 1708. The value of its cargo — believed to include gold, silver, emeralds, and other precious cargo — has been estimated at more than $10 billion.

Beyond The Dreidel: The Songs Of Hanukkah — And How They've Changed

Who says Christmas gets all the fun music? Josh Kun, of the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation, talks the evolution of Hanukkah music — from traditional Hebrew to hits fit for the club.

U.N. Delegates Confront The Cost Of Stopping Climate Change

Climate conferences over the past decade have foundered on finance, especially on who's going to pay for the huge cost of shifting away from fossil fuels. Most difficult is the disconnect between developing countries, who want money from the rich countries, and the reluctance by those rich countries to agree to open-ended commitments. Moreover, getting risk averse private investors into the new green energy market is turning into a big obstacle in Paris.

Building The Library Of Congress — In A GIF

Strung together into a short video, images of the construction of the Library of Congress in the late 19th century illustrate a nation's commitment to knowledge.
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Why The Clara Barton National Historic Site Was 60 Years In The Making

It’s been 40 years since the Clara Barton National Historic Site was established in Glen Echo, Maryland, honoring the founder of the American Red Cross. But plans for a memorial began more than 100 years ago. What caused the delay?


How Chicago's Slaughterhouse Spectacles Paved The Way For Big Meat

Opened in 1865, Chicago's Union Stock Yard was the greatest livestock market the world had seen. Tourists watched masses of animals move through kill floors, a sight hailed as a miracle of modernity.

Death By Coconut: A Story Of Food Obsession Gone Too Far

August Engelhardt believed coconuts were a nutritional and spiritual panacea. So in 1902, he sailed to the South Pacific to start a utopian cult that survived only on the fruit. It ended calamitously.