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A First For Latinos: Remembering Raymond Telles

The late Raymond Telles may not be a household name, but he was a trailblazer for Latinos in politics; he was the first Latino elected mayor of El Paso, Texas and later became a U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica. Host Michel Martin looks back on Ambassador Telles' life with former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros.
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It's Russian Mardi Gras: Time For Pancakes, Butter And Fistfights

Across Russia, pancakes and butter abound as the country marks a week-long celebration before the start of Orthodox Lent. Pagan in origin, Maslenitsa calls for plenty of eating, sledding, merrymaking – and even organized fistfights.
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First African-American Poet Still Showing New Work

Jupiter Hammon lived and died in slavery. But he still managed to become the first published African American poet. Now a newfound poem by him shows how complex his thoughts on religion and slavery really were.
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'Bowery Boys' Are Amateur But Beloved New York Historians

For their popular podcast, two longtime friends sit down at a kitchen table and share little-known anecdotes and historical facts about New York. Its bare-bones production hasn't hurt its popularity — it's been downloaded 5 million times in the past five years.
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Jamestown Likely Underwater By End Of Century

The first permanent English settlement on the American continent may be among the early victims in the coming years of rising sea levels stemming from global warming.

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Gem-Filled Brooch Joins Smithsonian

The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History has a new item composed of 2,328 gems and totaling 77 carats.

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Poi: Hawaii's Recipe For Revitalizing Island Culture

With only about 1,000 full-blooded Hawaiians left in the world, preserving native island culture is a huge challenge. One way to do this: teach students and other island residents the ancient art of making poi, a dish that's been feeding native Hawaiians for centuries.
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150 Years Later, Civil War Sailors Get Arlington Burial

The remains of the unknown sailors were found a decade ago in the wreck of the USS Monitor, the United States' first ironclad warship. It sank months after its history-making clash with an iron-armored Confederate ship in 1862.

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Two Civil War Sailors To Be Buried In Arlington

A ceremony will be held Friday at Arlington National Cemetery to honor two sailors who fought for the Union in the Civil War.

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