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With Playoffs Ahead, A Look At Local Baseball History

The Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles have clinched playoff spots, and the region is abuzz with postseason excitement. Kojo explores the local history of the national pastime.

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50 Years Ago, A Fluid Border Made The U.S. 1 Square Mile Smaller

Since Texas became a state, the Rio Grande has marked the border between the U.S. and Mexico. But, like rivers do, it moved. In 1964, the U.S. finally gave back 437 acres of land.
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Why Did African Americans Leave Georgetown?

For much of its history, Georgetown was home to a thriving community of African Americans. But most of those residents left as housing costs skyrocketed.

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A Bumpy Ride: Airplane Food Through The Decades

The food on U.S. planes has gone from bad to nonexistent in coach class. But airplane meals have had ups and downs before. Now, airports and food delivery services are aiming to close the gap.
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Is Gentrification In D.C. Going According To 'The Plan?'

It's been 35 years since a newspaper columnist put forth the theory that white people were conspiring to take power from black officials. Does the idea still hold today?

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The Gefilte Fish Line: A Sweet And Salty History Of Jewish Identity

Gefilte fish can be a hard sell even in its standard savory form. But some European Jews like it sweet, a preference that, surprisingly, overlaps exactly with a geographic and linguistic divide.
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The Price Of Progress In Rwanda

Twenty years after Rwanda's horrific genocide, President Paul Kagame is widely praised for dramatically reducing poverty and increasing life expectancy in his tiny, land-locked African nation. But critics say the economic progress comes at...

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A Forgotten Referendum On The Union Of Scots And English

In 2011, there was a vote on closing the version of Wikipedia written in the Scottish language variety, Scots. The episode reminds us how language intersects with politics and class.
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Ebola Battlers Can Learn From Venice's Response To Black Death

The city fathers didn't understand the plague they faced in the Middle Ages. Yet they improvised brilliantly. A new paper explains how their mindset is a model for how to face an unknown threat.
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Sierra Leone: Where Colin Powell Felt His Roots

The West African nation is in the news today because of the tragic Ebola outbreak. It once played a part in another tragedy: the U.S. slave trade.

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