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The Forgotten Story Of Memphis' American Studios

Memphis has been a music town since anyone can remember, and it's had places to record that music since there have been records. Some of its studios — Sun, Stax and Hi — are well-known, but American Studios produced its share of hits, and yet remains obscure.
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Take A Virtual Field Trip Through Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia is now offering an interactive electronic field trip called "The Will of the People" about the region's history and its role in the particularly contentious election of 1800.

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Introducing the H Street Heritage Trail

A revitalized H Street corridor has exploded in the past few years with bars and restaurants, but the area has a fascinating history. We explore the Greater H Street Heritage Trail, which opens this weekend.

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'America's Attic' Team Dredges Convention For Historical Riches

Fresh off their work at the Republican convention, the Smithsonian Institution's political convention memorabilia team is spending this week at the Democrats' party, collecting and shipping finds back to the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
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Richard III's Remains May Reside Under Parking Lot

Archaeologists in Britain have begun looking for the remains of the last English king to die in battle. They believe King Richard III was buried under what is currently a parking lot in the city of Leicester. Robert Siegel talks to Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society, who has been at the dig site.
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In 1972, Davis Blazed Party Trail On Gay Rights

The Democratic Party has became the first major political party to include same-sex marriage rights in its platform. Back in 1972, Madeline Davis argued for the party to embrace gay rights, the first time it was brought up in a major party platform debate. Davis discusses the evolution of the gay rights movement with host Michel Martin.
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The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching. But they might not realize that he's also tied to an iconic event in America's history.

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