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Star-Spangled Banner Replica Connects Past With Present

The Maryland Historical Society displayed a replica of the star-spangled banner on Sunday — the same which famously inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the national anthem.

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Bob Motley, Last Surviving Negro League Ump, Recalls Baseball History

The 91-year-old former Marine went from borrowing a mask at an Okinawa hospital to umpiring in the Negro League, where he made calls against legends like Satchel Paige, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.
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Picking Sides At Day Camp: Confederacy Or Union?

At typical summer day camps, kids swim, do arts and crafts and face off on the soccer field. But at a one-day program in North Carolina, 8- to 12-year-olds take sides in the Civil War.
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50 Years Before Ferguson, A Summer Of Riots Racked The U.S.

In the summer of 1964, violent demonstrations spread across seven cities, each sparked by confrontations between black residents and their predominantly white police forces.
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The Harrowing Last Day Of The USS Houston

The Navy has officially confirmed that a wreck in the Java Sea is that of the USS Houston, which sank in 1942. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to historian Jim Hornfischer about the ship's history.
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The Case for Free Money

The idea of the government giving all citizens enough money to get by seems a bit like socialism, but many libertarian conservatives are getting behind it. A basic income could replace entitlement programs, cut down on poverty rates, and...

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Despite Result, 200th Anniversary Of Battle Of Bladensburg Will Be Celebrated

The 1814 Battle of Bladensburg wasn't one of America's shining moments on the battlefield, but that's not stopping Prince George's County from commemorating its 200th anniversary with a series of events this weekend.
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BREAKING: British Burn Washington ... 2 Centuries Ago

Two hundred years ago this week, invading British troops destroyed the White House and the U.S. Capitol. NPR wasn't there, but if we were, our coverage might have sounded something like this ...
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An Officer Shot A Black Teen, And St. Louis Rioted — In 1962

As we unpack St. Louis' long, tense history of racial unrest amid continuing protests in Ferguson, Mo., we find striking parallels between the events of years past and those of the past few weeks.
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Typewriters, Underwater Hotels And Picture Phones: The Future, As Seen From 1964

The 1964 World's Fair showcased jet packs and other miracles of science. Here's how people back then thought the future would look (and how it actually turned out).

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