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Buying Freedom Through Dressmaking

The new movie 'Lincoln' explores the last months of Abraham Lincoln's life and sheds light on prominent figures of the time. One lesser-known person is former slave Elizabeth Keckley. She became a close confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln. Host Michel Martin speaks with professor Clarence Lusane about Keckley's contributions to American history.
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Why Drinking Tea Was Once Considered A Dangerous Habit

Reformers of the 19th century warned that taking a tea break would steer Irish peasant women to thoughts of revolution. The warnings largely went unheeded. Still, it gives us pause to think about our modern-day food obsessions and how they might look to others in the future.
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Lady Bird Johnson, An Oral History

The transformation of a shy country girl to first lady and her life with President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

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From Humors To Self-Control: The Evolution Of A Well-Balanced Diet

Europeans and American colonists believed one's personality, temperament and physical health depended on balancing "humors" of hot, cold, moist and dry with foods. Of course, that worked for the wealthy, who could afford a variety of foods, and it kept them in power.
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Newseum Marks 50th Anniversary Of Kennedy Assassination

The Newseum will be marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with a new film and exhibits.

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You Too Can Own A Piece Of Ancient History

The auction house Christie's hosts its 14th annual ancient jewelry sale on Dec. 5, in New York. The auction includes several items from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and elsewhere. Some items even date back to the 3rd millennium B.C.
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Foodie History: Cookbooks And American Food Culture

Home cooks have long relied on cookbooks for inspiration and practical education in the kitchen. But cookbooks also serve as interesting historical documents.

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Learning From The Cold War, Avoiding The Next One

For decades, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. were locked in a checkmate that brought the countries to the brink of nuclear war. Now, a new multipolar landscape exists where at least nine countries have nuclear weapons and China is projected to become the world's largest economy.

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