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D.C. Celebrates Emancipation Day With A Tighter Budget

The city budgeted $250,000 to cover the festivities this year, after a fight last year between then-Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. Council.


Auction Canceled Of Art By Japanese-Americans In Internment Camps

Artworks by Japanese-Americans wrongfully imprisoned in World War II internment camps won't be sold to the highest bidder. The move comes after protests from descendants of the internees.

Who Was John Wilkes Booth Before He Became Lincoln's Assassin?

On the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's death, Morning Edition's Renee Montagne and historian Terry Alford explore John Wilkes Booth's life, and how the assassination affected his family.

Andrew Johnson's Presidency Highlighted Issues With Vice Presidential Selection

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews University of Virginia historian Barbara Perry about the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Andrew Johnson presidency.

Tea Tuesdays: The Evolution Of Tea Sets From Ancient Legend To Modern Biometrics

Legend has it that a Chinese emperor first discovered tea more than 4,700 years ago. As the culture surrounding tea has changed through the centuries, so, too, have the tools we use to drink it.

Revisiting The Night Abraham Lincoln Was Shot 150 Years Ago

On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln. Renee Montagne talks to author James Swanson at Ford's Theatre. (This piece initially aired on Feb. 12, 2009 on Morning Edition).

At 800 And Aging Well, The Magna Carta Is Still A Big Draw

Issued by an embattled King John in 1215, the document sometimes called England's greatest export is now on display at the British Library, where it's pulling in large crowds.

Discovery Gives New Ending To A Death At The Civil War's Close

Hannah Reynolds, a slave, was the only civilian killed in the Battle of Appomattox Court House during the Civil War. A new discovery suggests, contrary to earlier belief, that she died a free woman.


On Steel Horses They Ride — To Honor 19th-Century Cavalries

In the mid- and late 1800s, Buffalo Soldiers were all-black cavalries patrolling America's western frontier. Today, a motorcycle club that carries their name pays homage to the soldiers.

This Date In History: Wham! (Awkwardly) Opens Doors In China

30 years ago this month, Wham! became the first Western band to perform in communist China. NPR's Rachel Martin reflects on the anniversary.