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Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs

More than 35 years ago, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey began acquiring documents, artifacts and artworks that tell the story of the African-American experience. The collection, which spans more than 400 years, spotlights not black pain, they say, but the strength and resilience of African-Americans.
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Roosevelt's Polio Wasn't A Secret: He Used It To His 'Advantage'

In The Man He Became, historian James Tobin says, despite misimpressions to the contrary, Americans of Franklin Roosevelt's day were well-aware of his disability — it was an important part of the personal narrative that helped him win the presidency.
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New Book Tries to Capture 'The Black Experience'

Retha Powers spent nearly seven years compiling quotes from across the African Diaspora. The result is Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations: 5000 Years of Literature, Lyrics, Poems, Passages, Phrases and Proverbs from Voices Around The World. Host Michel Martin talks with Powers about some of her favorite selections.
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For Sale: One Maltese Falcon, Dreams Included

At an auction in New York, one of the two statues used in the 1941 movie will be up for bid. Sam Spade would say the falcon is much more than a bird: It's the "stuff that dreams are made of."
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JFK Had The Wit To Lampoon Himself

Host Scott Simon looks back at the witticisms of President John F. Kennedy, with a little help from late night TV host and comedian Conan O'Brien.
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Time To Mix Up The Manischewitz Turkey Brine For Thanksgivukkah

Jewish foodies say the flavors of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are a culinary match made in heaven. And this Thanksgivukkah feast is especially sweet because it may not happen again for 80,000 years.
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Ancient Wine Bar? Giant Jugs Of Vino Unearthed In 3,700-Year-Old Cellar

Archaeologists have discovered the oldest wine cellar known, and the personal stash was massive: It once stored more than 500 gallons of vino. But these Bronze Age winemakers weren't just fermenting plain-old wine. They also got creative, infusing it with herbs and spices.
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Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer

Louisiana is paying tribute Friday to the Rev. T.J. Jemison, a strong and steady voice against unequal treatment for blacks in the Jim Crow South. Jemison helped organize a bus boycott in Baton Rouge in 1953 and later advised Martin Luther King Jr. and others on how to orchestrate the Montgomery boycott.
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Walter Cronkite On The Assassination Of John F. Kennedy

Walter Cronkite anchored the CBS News coverage during the first hours after bullets hit President Kennedy in Dallas 50 years ago Friday. Cronkite returned to that day many years later in a piece for NPR, weaving together audio from the archives and his own reminiscences.
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How Live TV Helped America Mourn The Loss Of JFK

Critic David Bianculli remembers watching the original news coverage of Kennedy's assassination — four days of unprecedented television — when he was 10 years old. He recalls how from that point on, TV, not radio, was the dominant medium for breaking news.

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