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A Woman Among Men: Female Firefighter Blazed A Trail

The Arlington County Fire Department in Virginia was the first in the nation to hire a woman into a full-time position to fight fires. But women in that career remain under-represented, and the county is promoting the fire service to teenage girls, hoping they'll follow in Judy Brewer's footsteps.

Remembering The North's First Black Civil War Unit

The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry fought a historic battle Civil War battle 1050 years ago, historic in part because it was the first all-black regiment from the North to do battle in the war to end slavery. Host Jacki Lyden discusses the assault on Fort Wagner with historian Steven Hill.

Can Bankruptcy Boost Broke Detroit?

The city hopes a bankruptcy filing can help it deal with its multi-billion dollar debt. Host Michel Martin talks with Michael Pagano of the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press.
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Marie Arana: "Bolivar: American Liberator"

Simon Bolivar is often called the "George Washington of South America." But his influence in the modern world can be seen in Latin American countries that are growing increasingly defiant of the United States.

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Tech Tuesday: Preserving Family History

Our most precious family history --old letters, home movies, photo albums--often end up in basements or attics--the worst possible place to preserve these materials. We explore high and low tech ways to protect and store family memorabilia, and the smartest way to migrate different materials to digital formats.


Medicines To Fight White Plague Are Losing Their Punch

Tuberculosis was once a top killer in the U.S. The disease was such a threat that overcoming it helped lay the groundwork for modern medicine. Now the bacteria are growing resistant to many antibiotics, and some doctors worry TB could rebound.
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D.C. Simmers Over Washington Post Op-Ed About City's Food Scene

Chef Mark Furstenberg set off a social media firestorm last week, after he argued in the Washington Post that D.C.'s food scene isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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Forty Years Later, New Watergate Court Records Released

Curious about the four man involved with the infamous Watergate break-in? Documents on them are now open for the first time.


Ex-Nixon Adviser, Leonard Garment, Dies At 89

As the Watergate scandal unfolded, Leonard Garment urged President Nixon not to destroy tapes of conversations he had made at the White House. The tapes played a major role in Nixon resigning the presidency.

'Night Witch' Flew Bomber Planes During World War II

As a young woman, Nadezhda Popova volunteered as a pilot during World War II to drop bombs on German troops, flying planes made of plywood and canvas. Their enemies called them "Night Witches" because the airplanes sounded like a witch's broomstick when they flew overhead. Popova died July 8.