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Tea Tuesdays: Cold Weather, Gogol And The Rise Of The Russian Samovar

The giant, metal, hot-water urns are at the center of Russian tea culture — and national identity. How that came to be may have as much to do with Russian literature as common usage.

An English 'Family Business,' Dedicated To A 2,000-Year-Old Roman Fort

Andrew Birley first visited Vindolanda, a Roman fort near the Scottish border, when he was still in his mother's womb. Now, he's the latest Birley to lead excavations at the site rich in artifacts.

Saving The Sweetest Watermelon The South Has Ever Known

The Bradford boasted sweet flesh so coveted, 19th-century growers turned to guns and poison to thwart thieves. The melon all but vanished by the 1920s. Now a descendant of its creator is reviving it.

The Repast Is Not Even Past: Old LA Menus

By culling through the culinary offerings of thousands of old menus in the Los Angeles Public Library's collection, we can learn a lot about a city and its history.

Cherokee Chief John Ross Is The Unsung Hero Of 'Jacksonland'

Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep's new book examines a dark chapter in American history: the Cherokee Trail of Tears and the chief who used the tools of democracy to try to protect his people.

'Spirited Republic' Exhibit Explores America's History With Alcohol

The National Archives exhibit explores America's long and sometimes troubled history with alcohol. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Derek Brown, the exhibit's "Chief Spirits Advisor."

1921 Matisse, 'Seated Woman,' To Be Reunited With Rosenberg Heirs

In Germany, a Matisse painting is being returned to Paul Rosenberg's family. It was one of more than 400 paintings stolen by the Nazis from the "first family" of art in Paris in the '20s and '30s.

Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos

Richard Rothstein, who studies residential segregation in America, concludes: "Federal, state and local governments purposely created racial boundaries in these cities."

The Curious World Of Baseball Re-Enactors

When John Coray and other vintage "ballists" gather to compete using 19th century rules and trappings, the base ball diamond becomes a field of dreamers.
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A Town Founded By A Former Slave Seeks To Hold On To Its Heritage

Gum Springs, Va. was founded by a former slave who's rumored to be the son of our nation's first president.