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Remembering A Former House Speaker Whose Fall Signaled New Era Of Polarization

The short line of Jim Wright's bio is that he made history as the first speaker of the House to resign under pressure, and his fall signaled the rise of a long era of partisan divide.

4 Hot-Button Kids' Books From The '50s That Sparked Controversy

Mostly forgotten or out of print, these picture books triggered conversations about integration.

Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

Thomas Edison built and sold about 500 dolls back in 1890. Now, new technology has made hearing their supercreepy voices possible for the first time in decades. (Thanks, technology.)


Do We Really Need Libraries?

Between 1886 and 1919, Andrew Carnegie planted nearly 1,700 libraries across America. Over the years they grew. Now they are trying to survive.

Replica Of Lafayette's Ship Re-Creates Historic Voyage To America

The Marquis de Lafayette sailed from France to America in 1780 to help the new nation defeat the British. A $29 million replica of the Hermione tall ship is retracing that journey.
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D.C. Nonprofit Commemorates 100th Anniversary Of 'Flanders Fields'

A local non-profit is marking the 100th anniversary of a famous war poem with an event and the launch of a new fund for veterans.


Orson Welles, Famous In Film, Also Brought Radio To Life

Orson Welles, born 100 years ago this week, is well-known for breaking new ground in theater and film. But, as author Colin Fleming tells NPR's Rachel Martin, he also did significant work in radio.

Martha Washington's Letters Reveal A Vital Partner To George

Researchers are tracking down a new stash of letters from Martha Washington. Edward Lengel of The Washington Papers project at the University of Virginia tells NPR's Rachel Martin what's in the trove.

Lincoln's Tomb Site At Risk With State Budget Cuts

Thousands will honor Lincoln's death in Springfield, Ill. this weekend. Yet, the tomb's caretakers are facing criticism from scholars and are struggling to find funding to maintain the historic site.

How The Fall Of Saigon Turned San Diego Into A Home For Refugees

Forty years ago, the Nguyen family was among the first refugees to be brought to San Diego after the Vietnam War. Now the community they helped form has become home to refugees from around the world.