Friday, Terry Walls is graduating from the same university that rejected his mother because of the color of her skin. Mary Jean Price Walls hadn't spoken about her application to Missouri State University in six decades, until her son uncovered letters in university archives.
A Virginia scholar is looking into the lore surrounding Mexico's folk hero, Santa Muerte. The skeleton lady is now worshipped on both sides of the country's drug war, and her popularity is spreading into the U.S.
As a law enforcement officer in the post-Reconstruction South, William Henderson Foote faced more difficulty doing his job than most. Members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms honored Foote, who was killed in the line of duty, this week.
Football is a violent game, but a century ago it used to be a lethal pastime. NPR's Tom Goldman explains how President Teddy Roosevelt stepped in and forced the establishment of new rules that made the game safer.
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