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Respectful Gay Marriage Debate An 'Enormous Step'

The Supreme Court is hearing two landmark gay marriage cases this week. But Robin Shahar's case never made it that far. She lost a job offer for planning a private wedding ceremony with her same-sex partner in 1991. Shahar speaks with host Michel Martin about the cultural shift that brought about these legal challenges.
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Op-Ed: It's Time To Beef Up The U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Navy estimates that by 2035 the Arctic Ocean may be ice-free for a month each year. In an op-ed for Foreign Policy, James Holmes, U.S. Naval War College, argues that in preparation for the increased activity in the Northwest Passage, the U.S. needs a Coast Guard that can fight.
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'Angry Days' Shows An America Torn Over Entering World War II

World War II is often thought of as a good and just war — a war the U.S. had to fight. But the decision wasn't that simple. Public debate was heated between interventionism, which President Roosevelt supported, and isolationism, which aviator Charles Lindbergh became an unofficial spokesman for.
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An Oral History Of New York Food: Dining Out Wasn't Always 'In'

New York is now known for pricey restaurants and celebrity chefs. But there are still a few folks who remember buying food from horse-drawn wagons in the city. An audio project aims to preserve these memories, and the voices that share them.
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Spanish Town To Host Its First Seder In More Than 500 Years

The Jews of Ribadavia, a small medieval town in the north of Spain, are long gone. But no matter: The town's plan to host its first Passover Seder in centuries is aimed at tourists. Like many cities across Spain, Ribadavia hopes reclaiming its Jewish history will also boost its economy.
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Smithsonian Seeks Farming Stories From Public

Museum curators are looking for help in putting together an exhibit to showcase how farming in the U.S. has changed over the years.

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How Vermont's 'Civil' War Fueled The Gay Marriage Movement

As the Supreme Court considers the constitutional case for gay marriage, we look back at the role Vermont played just 13 years ago in the historic metamorphosis of the issue. The state's governor, who wore a bulletproof vest that year, called it "the least civil public debate in the state in over a century."
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Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Displays At Library of Congress

The library will be displaying what's known as the John Hay copy of the famous Civil War speech.
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Glenn Frankel: "The Searchers"

A classic Western called "The Searchers" dramatized the true story of a young girl kidnapped by the Comanche Indians. How a film helped shape the myth of the American West.

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From Slave To White House Designer: The Amazing Tale Of Elizabeth Keckley

Elizabeth Keckley was born into slavery, but eventually became a seamstress and confidante to First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, and a social activist in Washington, D.C.

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