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From Dream Bride To Doll For Boys: The Evolution Of The Barbie Ad

Barbie commercials have come a long way since the 1950s, when one ad encouraged girls to want to get married. Today's commercials market the doll to boys and show girls dreaming about their careers.
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60 Years Later, What Can Activists Learn From The Montgomery Bus Boycott?

Decades after Rosa Parks changed history, a new generation faces the challenge of remaking the civil rights movement for the next century. What can they learn from the past to build for the future?
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The Evolution Of The Presidential Thanksgiving (Feat. Cooked Possum)

Adrienne LaFrance, a staff writer at The Atlantic, examined decades of Thanksgiving meals at the White House, which reveal some surprising details about the evolution of the holiday spread. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to LaFrance about the menus for presidents like Theodore Roosevelt, who dined on turtle, and William Howard Taft, who preferred possum.
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Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.
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Despite Similarities, Pocahontas Gets Love, Malinche Gets Hate. Why?

La Malinche was an Indian woman who served as an interpreter for Cortes — at a cost to her reputation. Even 500 years later, she's reviled in Mexico.
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Explaining Einstein's Theory Of General Relativity On Its 100th Birthday

Einstein's theory of general relativity turns 100 Wednesday. Astrophysicist Adam Frank tells us what this meant for science.
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Some Ancient Farmers Grew Fava Beans Before They Grew Grains

The fava bean is a key staple in much of the world. Researchers say they've found fava beans in the Galilee region of Israel dating over 10,000 years ago — before grains had been domesticated there.
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A Seventh-Generation Maryland Farmer Embraces Her Roots

For 27-year-old Nora Crist, farming is in her blood: her family has been working the land in Howard County, Maryland, for hundreds of years.

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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.

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The Peculiar Parade Of Thanksgiving Traditions

Though it may seem like a fixed point in a fast-moving world, the Thanksgiving holiday continues to change and evolve.

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