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Dark-Skinned Or Black? How Afro-Brazilians Are Forging A Collective Identity

In Brazil, people have tended to describe themselves by skin color rather than race. But that's all changing, as the country's black pride movement gains traction.

Greek Historian: History Shows 'There Is Always An End To All Problems'

NPR's Melissa Block follows up with Michael Iliakis, a Greek man who finished up a doctorate in ancient history four years ago and was desperately trying to find a job as a college professor.

Dining Like Darwin: When Scientists Swallow Their Subjects

Some scientists carry on the tradition of eating the animals or plants they study: leeches, tadpoles, 30,000-year-old bison. Darwin did it first, but why do it at all? Call it all-consuming curiosity.

Unfolding The History Of Napkin Art

The simple napkin has a surprisingly complex history. The masterful table centerpieces of the Renaissance were rich in status and meaning.

Archeologist Believes He's Found Egyptian Queen Nefertiti's Tomb

Nicholas Reeves, a residential scholar at the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, tells Renee Montagne his hypothesis is based on studying laser scans of King Tutankhamun's tomb.

12 Ancient Giants: An Ode To The Enormous And Extinct

A dragonfly with a 2-foot wingspan? A sloth the size of an elephant? Skunk Bear's latest video introduces the enormous, ancient relatives of modern animals — all in rhyming verse. Of course.

Archaelogists Catch Big Break In Disappearance Of Roanoke Island Colonists

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Phillip W. Evans, president of the First Colony Foundation, which announced Tuesday findings about the colonists who vanished from Roanoke Island in the late 16th century.

Why Letting Women Take Tea Breaks Was Once Considered Dangerous

Reformers of the 19th century warned that taking a tea break would steer Irish peasant women to thoughts of revolutionary feminism.


Sands Of Time: Beach Etiquette Of Long Ago

Summertime and the living has not always been so easy on some American beaches. For shore.

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Al Roker: "The Storm of the Century"

On September 8, 1900, 200-mile-per-hour winds slammed into Galveston, Texas. When the storm had passed, the city was gone, making it the most devastating natural disaster in American history.