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The National Museum of African Art at 50

In 1964, a former U.S. State Department diplomat started the Museum of African Art in a historic Capitol Hill townhouse once owned by Frederick Douglass...

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No Hunch Here: Richard III Suffered From Scoliosis Instead

Shakespeare described the 15th century British king as "deformed, unfinish'd," and a hunchback. A 3-D model of his spine reveals that Richard had developed severe curvature of the spine as a teen.
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From Public Hospital To Homeless Shelter: The Long History Of D.C. General

Washington's public hospital saw 200 years of shortages, overcrowding and waves of public outcry, but the 2001 decision to close the hospital was anything but popular.

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'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art

In 1937, two Nazi art shows aimed to teach the public to despise modernist art and show them what art should be. An exhibit at New York's Neue Galerie reunites works from both landmark shows.
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'Belle': Romance, Race And Slavery With Jane Austen Style

After the success of movies about the brutality of slavery, the film Belle brings a whole new perspective. Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw talks about her role as a mixed-race 18th century heroine.
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Nikki Giovanni Honors Her Late Friend Maya Angelou

Legendary poet Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86. Poet Nikki Giovanni, who was a friend, remembers her life and work.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Reparations: 'We're Going To Be In For A Fight'

In his latest think piece, Coates writes that "until the U.S. pays its moral debts to African-Americans, our country will never be whole." He discusses his latest essay for The Atlantic.
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"American Panic:" Who Scares Us and Why

Kojo joins author Mark Stein to explore the roots of American political panic, why it occurs, and how you can stay calm amid a politically fueled firestorm.

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How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture

After Stalin's death, people in the Soviet Union could begin to debate politics again without fear of repression. This "thawing" took place in private kitchens, where music and art flourished, too.
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World War II Memorial Getting Tech, Interactivity Upgrades

Think you have seen all there is to see at the U.S. National World War II Memorial? New technology is being added to make the experience more interactive.

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