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Oxford Taps Crowds To Learn Words' Histories

The Oxford English Dictionary has put out a call for help. Editors hope the public will be able to fill in the blanks about many English words and phrases. For example, "Can you provide evidence of 'bellini' before 1965?" and "Did John le Carre coin the phrase: 'Come in from the cold'"?
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Did Man Who Armed Black Panthers Lead Two Lives?

Richard Aoki, an early member of the Black Panther Party, gave the Panthers their first guns. He was a former soldier, a militant radical and, maybe, an FBI informant.
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Paul French: "Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China" (Rebroadcast)

Historian and China expert uses modern resources to solve a long forgotten murder mystery in the last days of colonial Peking.

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Wikipedia Policies Limit Editing Haymarket Bombing

Voters who tune in to the debates Wednesday night will likely hear conflicting interpretations of history. What truly happened in the past is the subject of an ongoing, loud debate in politics. Steve Inskeep delves into this topic with college professor Timothy Messer-Kruse, who attempted to make a small edit on the Wikipedia page for the 1886 Haymarket Square riot in Chicago.
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Preservation League Seeks To Landmark Corcoran's Interior

Preservationists are requesting that the inside of the Corcoran Gallery of Art be deemed a local historic landmark in order to prevent major changes from being made the 1897 structure's interior in the event it is sold. 

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Dominicans, Haitians Remember Parsley Massacre

October marks 75 years since a dark period in the Dominican Republic's history. In 1937, President Rafael Leonidas Trujillo ordered the execution of thousands of ethnic Haitians. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses the "Parsley Massacre" with two noted authors, one Dominican and one Haitian: Julia Alvarez and Edwidge Danticat.

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