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Creamed, Canned And Frozen: How The Great Depression Revamped U.S. Diets

During the Depression, cheap, nutritious and filling food was prioritized — often at the expense of taste. Jane Ziegelman and Andy Coe, authors of A Square Meal, discuss food trends of the time.
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Where The National Museum of African American History And Culture Meets Local D.C.

This fall, the doors of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will open to the public more than a century after the idea of such an institution was first discussed.

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The Gold-Hungry Forty-Niners Also Plundered Something Else: Eggs

When food shortages struck San Francisco, wily entrepreneurs raided the dangerous Farallon Islands for protein-rich eggs from seabirds. In the process, they destroyed both wildlife and each other.
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Black U.S. Olympians Won In Nazi Germany Only To Be Overlooked At Home

Jesse Owens is still the most famous name from the 1936 Olympics in Nazi-controlled Berlin. But a new documentary highlights 17 other African-American athletes who also made their mark.
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Step Aside, Leonidas: Michael Phelps Breaks 2,000-Year-Old Olympic Record

Leonidas of Rhodes, please step aside for Michael of Baltimore. Swimmer Michael Phelps broke a 2168-year-old record with his 13th individual Olympic title Thursday night.
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Simone Manuel Wins Olympic Gold. That's A Really Big Deal

When the 20-year-old won gold Thursday night, she wasn't just an athlete excelling at her sport. She was a symbol for what should have been self-evident all along: Swimming is for everyone.
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From Gladiator Duels To Caesar's Last Words: The Myths Of Ancient Rome

Historian Mary Beard says many of our popular notions about the empire are based on culture rather than fact. Her new book is called SPQR. Originally broadcast Nov. 30, 2015.
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What Is That Black Stuff On The Jefferson Memorial? Park Service Battling Biofilm

Never fear, the National Park Service isn't just letting monuments to the founding fathers get dirty. No, they're grappling with a stubborn microorganism that resists their best efforts so far.

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2 Decades Later, Gymnast Dominique Moceanu Looks Back On Her Career

Dominique Moceanu was the youngest U.S. gymnast in history to win Olympic gold in 1996. Twenty years later, she talks to David Greene about the pressure of competing at such a young age.
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Two Views On The Jim Crow South And Its Legacy Today

Two perspectives on life in the Jim Crow South: how white children learned to believe that black Americans were inferior and the crushing conditions that motivated millions of African Americans to move from the South in search of a better life.

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