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Harriet Tubman Was 'Tough And Tender'

People are thinking of unique ways to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman's death. Vanessa Garrison, co-founder of fitness group GirlTrek, is organizing a walk inspired by the abolitionist's Underground Railroad steps. Also, Jacquelyn Serwer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture talks about Tubman's legacy.
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Steamship Anchors A Community, But Its Days May Be Numbered

The nation's last coal-fired ferry has been traversing Lake Michigan from the town of Ludington, Mich., since 1953. An EPA permit allowing the Badger to dump several tons of coal ash into the lake daily is now under review, which could mean big changes for the small town's culture and economy.
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The Papal Conclave And The Future Of The Catholic Church

More than 100 Cardinals from around the world started meeting Monday at the Vatican to begin the process of choosing a new pope. This comes after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The Cardinals are tasked with choosing the man who could reshape the future of the Catholic Church.
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A Multimedia Journey Through 'The Persian Square'

Iran is often portrayed as dangerous, violent and politically unstable. But that's only one side of the story. Art, technology and culture are central to Persian identity. The new digital book The Persian Square shows surprising ties between Iran and the U.S. Host Michel Martin speaks with author and NPR Senior Producer Iran Davar Ardalan.
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'Bless Me, Ultima' Role A 'Gift From Heaven'

The new film adaptation, Bless Me, Ultima, tells a story of witchcraft and religion during 1940s New Mexico. The film is based on a popular, but controversial novel that was a staple of Chicano lit. Puerto Rican actress Miriam Colon talks with host Michel Martin about playing the role of Ultima.
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Smithsonian Creates Database Of Digitize Content

The public will soon have access to a variety of museum content that includes American history, science, world cultures and art.

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Black Reverend: Guns Are Important To My Church

Gun violence devastates many predominantly African-American neighborhoods in places across the country. But some faith leaders feel that legal access to guns is part of the solution, not the problem. Host Michel Martin speaks with Reverend Kenn Blanchard about why he wants his congregation to have wider access to guns.

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