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National Gallery Exhibit Highlights How Ballets Russes Revolutionized Dance

An exhibit at the National Gallery explores why this dancing troupe's work sparked a backlash in the early 20th century.

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Remembering National Mall's Symbol Of Great Depression

In the 1930s, unemployed Washingtonians headed to the National Mall to chop wood.

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D.C. Dives: Millie and Al's Reflects On 50 Years in D.C.

In our monthly look at D.C.'s dive bar scene, we head to Millie and Al's in Adams Morgan.

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First Black Army Helicopter Pilot Recalls Discrimination in Military and D.C.

We talk with Joseph Hairston, a longtime Washingtonian who broke racial barriers in the Army and D.C.

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This Week on Metro Connection: Wild Cards

From alien souvenir stands to clothes diets, we go theme-less in a summer "Wild Cards" show.

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"Born On A Mountaintop:" The Legend Of Davy Crockett (Rebroadcast)

We explore how legend transformed Davy Crockett into a pop culture icon, from the plays and folklore of his time to Disney’s “Crockett craze” in the 1950s and beyond.

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Colum McCann: "TransAtlantic" (Rebroadcast)

Spanning two continents and three centuries, National Book Award winner Colum McCann's latest novel weaves the stories of well-known figures and fictional characters, revealing fiction's role in the telling of history.


It's Time To Move On From The Past

In her regular "Can I Just Tell You" essay, host Michel Martin shares her thoughts on the Paula Deen controversy. Martin says it might be time for a truth and reconciliation commission in the U.S., to help people move on from insensitive things they did in the past.

Read The Rulings: Inside The Same-Sex Marriage Decisions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that legally married same-sex couples are now entitled to the same federal benefits as married opposite-sex couples. They also weighed in on California's same-sex marriage ban. Read annotated versions of the rulings.

Old Safe Reveals Historical Relics For Women's Suffrage Group

On the 125th anniversary of the the National Council of Women of the United States, the organization teamed up with the University of Rochester to open an old safe painted with the words: "Women's Suffrage Party." No one knew what was in the safe or when it had last been opened.