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Tea Tuesdays: How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

When tea met sugar, they formed a power couple that altered the course of history. It was a marriage shaped by fashion, health fads and global economics. And it doomed millions of Africans to slavery.

When Wearing Shorts Was Taboo

In certain places in American history, showing a little leg has been illegal — for men and women.

Explosive Protests: U.S. Bombings During 'Days Of Rage'

In the '70s, bombings by American protesters were regular occurrences. Bryan Burrough's new book tracks down the underground radicals behind such attacks — which he calls "exploding press releases."

When Corporations Take The Lead On Social Change

Some big names in business pushed back this week against "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and Arkansas. In 1964, it was Coca-Cola pushing Atlanta's white elites to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Cambridge University Unearths Medieval Hospital Cemetery

Cambridge University has unearthed one of Britain's largest medieval hospital cemeteries, containing more than 1,000 human remains. NPR's Audie Cornish and Melissa Block talked to the leader of the dig, Craig Cessford, about the new findings.

Celebrating Passover: The History And Symbolism Of Matzo Balls

Matzo balls are at the center of any Passover seder. Cookbook author Joan Nathan, known as the "grande dame" of Jewish cooking, explains the history behind this culinary tradition.

Mourning The Matzo: Iconic N.Y. Factory To Leave Former Jewish Hub

It's the end of an era: After nearly a century, the Streit's matzo factory is leaving Manhattan's Lower East Side. This Passover will be its last there. Streit's plans to move to a new factory.
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After Nearly 40 Years, U.S. Senate Historian Prepares To Retire

Donald Ritchie, the historian of the U.S. Senate, is retiring after nearly 40 years on the job.


After Selma, King's March On Ballot Boxes

Tucked away in the archives of the University of South Carolina is a video clip of a rousing King speech.

After Nazi Plunder, A Quest To Bring Home The 'Woman In Gold'

A new movie tells the true story of Maria Altmann, who fought her way to the U.S. Supreme Court to force the Austrian government to return a painting of her aunt.