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From A Congresswoman To A 'Queen,' Girl's Dress-Up Photo Series Rolls On

Photos of 5-year-old Lily Bushelle dressed up as heroines of African-American history have gone viral. Her family is finding new icons to continue their series.

Old-Timey Slang: 'Polking' Was A Vulgar Word

Slang words come and go — and some stay on forever.

Decades Before YouTube, Video Pioneers Captured Turbulent Era

In the pre-digital age, shooting video was unwieldy and expensive. But in the late 1960s, storytellers calling themselves "Videofreex" used the first portable video recorders to film a changing world.

Might A Brush With Death Set The Stage For Greatness?

Izola Ware Curry, who stabbed but did not kill Martin Luther King Jr., has died. NPR's Scott Simon wonders about other public figures who came close to death, but went on to great things.

'A Proud Walk': 3 Voices On The March From Selma To Montgomery

Following the Bloody Sunday crackdown in Selma, Ala., Martin Luther King Jr. called for support across the U.S. People of different races and religions flocked to the state. Three of them look back.
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Kids Live History At One-Room Seneca Schoolhouse In Maryland

For more than 35 years, young students from D.C., Maryland and Virginia have been whisked back in time at a one-room schoolhouse in Poolesville, Maryland.

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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.


When The KKK Was Mainstream

In 1920s America the insidious Invisible Empire was not only visible; it participated in otherwise polite society.

A First For Joe: Biden Could Break Tie To Confirm Attorney General

Vice presidents have cast 244 tiebreakers in the Senate, but if Biden rescues Loretta Lynch's bid, it will be the first time it has been used for a Cabinet nomination.

25 Years After Art Heist, Empty Frames Still Hang In Boston's Gardner Museum

On March 18, 1990, robbers stole $500 million in art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Author Stephen Kurkjian explains why anyone would bother to steal work so priceless it couldn't be sold.