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The 'Criminal' Black Lesbian: Where Does This Damaging Stereotype Come From?

Black lesbian women have long endured a stigma of violence, and the roots of this perception go way back.
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Makeover Of Maryland's State Song Advances In General Assembly

Maryland's legislature is moving ahead with changes to the state song "Maryland My Maryland," which has long been criticized for its pro-Confederacy lyrics.

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President Obama's Supreme Court Nominee

President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and the political battle ahead.

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Battle Hymn At The Dining Table: A Famous Feminist Subjugated Through Food

Julia Ward Howe wrote the Civil War psalm The Battle Hymn of the Republic. She was adrift in a lonely war of her own, against a husband who controlled every aspect of her life, including what she ate.
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Corned Beef, Guinness And ... Blaa? The Irish Bread You Never Knew About

For an authentically Irish St. Patrick's Day meal, why not give the blaa a try? This roll from the town of Waterford is a protected Irish food heritage product, and the subject of fierce allegiances.
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The Long Road To Compensating Victims Of Virginia's Eugenics Law

An effort to compensate victims of forced sterilizations is funded and underway.

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The History Of Eugenics And Sterilization In Virginia

The Commonwealth sterilized "mental defectives" from 1927 through 1979.

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Update On Talks To End The War In Syria

Syria’s civil war has raged for nearly five years claiming the lives of more than 270,000 people and forcing an estimated 11 million to flee their homes. A panel of experts joins Diane to discuss why some say this week's talks in Geneva offer a real chance for a political resolution.

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Tracy Chevalier: "At The Edge Of the Orchard"

A new novel from Tracy Chevalier, bestselling author of "Girl With A Pearl Earring:" A nineteenth-century pioneer family fights for survival in Ohio's Black Swamp. It’s a story about warring parents, a son who breaks free, and the legendary Johnny Appleseed.

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'Witness To Change' Recounts Civil Rights Struggles Of New Orleans

Sybil Morial's memoir details her formative experiences living under Jim Crow laws.

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