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In The Rolling Hills Of Galway, Spirit Of W.B. Yeats Lives On

Saturday marks the 150th birthday of William Butler Yeats, one of the 20th century's greatest poets. In far western Ireland's County Galway, Yeats found inspiration in the people and landscape.
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Prison Breaks Past: Several Inmates Have Tried To Escape From N.Y. Prison

Jeff Hall, a history professor at Queensborough Community College, discusses the history of prison breaks in northern New York.
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Dirty Dancing In The Early 1900s

Scandalous swirls like the Bunny Hug, Turkey Trot and Grizzly Bear may have even rattled President-elect Woodrow Wilson.
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Magna Carta Copy Offered As Incentive For U.S. To Get Into World War II

Monday is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Ari Shapiro talks to Julian Harrison of the British Library in London about how Britain tried to use the document to get the U.S. into the war.
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Radio Shack's Answering Machine Messages Were Hip To The Times

Martin Schneider of the website "Dangerous Minds" reviews a series of pre-recorded outgoing messages made by Radio Shack in the 1980s when home answering machines first cropped up.
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As American As Iced Tea: A Brief, Sometimes Boozy History

At least as early as Colonial times, Americans were drinking iced tea, though early alcohol-laden recipes had more in common with the cocktail from Long Island than the stuff sold by Lipton.
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The Battles Of A Civil War Re-Enactress

Refused at first as a re-enactor, J.R. Hardman turned to historic, real-life pioneers for inspiration.
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Inside Baltimore's Washington Monument: Tiny Books, Prized Declarations

The chairman of the restoration committee for the monument talks about what historians found inside long-lost time capsules from 1815 and 1915.

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Chinese Basketballers Of Yesteryear

In the early 20th century, Chinese athletes in the U.S. sometimes found social liberation on the basketball courts.
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Slavery, Famine And The Politics of Pie: What Civil War Recipes Reveal

From recipes for apple pie without apples to advice on how to treat servants, the era's cookbooks hint at the turbulence outside the kitchen window. Indeed, food helped decide the war's outcome.

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