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Ricky Skaggs: "Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music"

Grammy Award-winning musician Ricky Skaggs reflects on 50 years of playing bluegrass and country hits. In a new memoir, he recalls his early days as a child prodigy in Kentucky and later performing with Ray Charles, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.

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Mary Hamilton, The Woman Who Put The 'Miss' In Court

Mary Hamilton, a field secretary for the Congress of Racial Equality, was arrested at an Alabama protest and refused to answer the judge unless he called her "Miss." It was custom for white people to get honorifics, but black people were called by first names.
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Activist Recalls A Half Century Fighting For D.C.'s History

In the 1960s, an Adams Morgan resident discovered she'd have to fight to save her neighborhood from urban renewal.

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Royals In Nappies: A Family Album

The photographers are already camping out ahead of the expected birth this month of Britain's third in line to the throne. As we wait for that highly anticipated first photo, here's a look back at a few other babies who made a royal entrance.
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Maryland Lawmaker Proposes National Park On The Moon

There are already 59 national parks in the United States, but one being proposed by Maryland Democratic Congresswoman Donna Edwards would be quite literally out of this world.

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New Voting Laws: Forward-looking Or A Step Back?

Several state legislatures are moving to amend voting laws after a controversial Supreme Court decision limited enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. Host Michel Martin gets an overview of the future of voting rights across the states.
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Farming Got Hip In Iran Some 12,000 Years Ago, Ancient Seeds Reveal

Archaeologists had considered Iran unimportant in the history of farming – until now. Ancient seeds and farming tools uncovered in Iran reveal Stone Age people there were growing lentils, barley and other crops. The findings offer a snapshot of a time when humans first started experimenting with farming.
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HarborFest Celebrates Boston's Role In American Independence

Boston, the birthplace of the American Revolution, has kicked off its summer with HarborFest. The annual event provides work for lots of unemployed actors, who get to show off their faux British accents while wearing red-coat costumes. Other actors get to be revolutionaries in tri-cornered hats.
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Hemp American Flag To Be Flown Over U.S. Capitol

The first American flags were made of hemp, but one hasn't been flown over the Capitol in decades... until now.

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History Buffs Commemorate 150 Years Since Gettysburg Battle

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. While it's widely known as the critical turning point of the Civil War, the small Pennsylvania town has seen many other battles since then — over how the historic site should be preserved and remembered.

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