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Forget Beads: Cajun Mardi Gras Means A Grand, Drunken Chicken Chase

Courir de Mardi Gras is an old tradition in rural Louisiana. From early morning on, costumed revelers go house to house, drinking, singing and collecting ingredients for a big ole pot of gumbo.

Newly Discovered Footage Shows Sinking Of SS Eastland

Robert Siegel speaks with grad student Jeff Nichols about his recent find of footage from the 1915 SS Eastland disaster in Chicago.

What If Napoleon Had Come To America?

Two centuries ago, the fallen French emperor was licking his wounds and dreaming of America.

100 Years Later, What's The Legacy Of 'Birth Of A Nation'?

D.W. Griffith's film premiered in Los Angeles a century ago Sunday. In many ways, the movie — three hours of racist propaganda — was the beginning of Hollywood.

We Went From Hunter-Gatherers To Space Explorers, But Are We Happier?

In his book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari packs the history of humanity into 400 pages. "In some areas we've done amazingly well," the historian says. "In other areas we've done amazingly bad."

Rosa Parks Collection Comes To Library Of Congress

Thousands of letters, writings and notes by civil rights icon Rosa Parks were opened to researchers this week at the Library of Congress.

What's So 'Cringeworthy' About Long Duk Dong in 'Sixteen Candles'?

Inquiring minds want to know: What's with the Gedde Watanabe shade in Thursday's post about Asian-Americans in TV and movies?
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Mary Z. Gray: A Life Well Lived On Capitol Hill

We pay tribute to the recently departed Mary Z. Gray, who grew up in a Capitol Hill that no longer exists.

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When The Anacostia River Was Once Considered Part Of Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill was once intimately connected to the Anacostia River. Some folks think that it's high time to reestablish the relationship.


A Brief, Weird History Of Squashed Asian-American TV Shows

With Fresh Off The Boat making waves, we look back at a colorful crop of shows with Asian-American leads that most of us have forgotten.