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Baltimore Jazz Archivist Dies, Leaves Ellington Papers Legacy

Baltimore jazz archivist Ann Byrnes Kuebler, who was known for her work on the Smithsonian's Duke Ellington papers, has died in New Jersey at the age of 61.

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Dennis Drabelle: "The Great American Railroad War"

The story of the Central Pacific Railroad, two writers -- Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris -- and their battle in print against one of America's most powerful corporations.

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Autosalvage: The Psychedelic Band That Vanished

There are lots of stories about the band that got away. For rock historian Ed Ward, one of those groups has always been Autosalvage, a New York quartet who made one album and then stopped playing.
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Tracking Death Helps Chronicle Lives In Deep South

There are elders who pass along traditions, like ministers, teachers, doctors, and in the black community, funeral directors. Samuel Gaines' family has worked as undertakers for generations. He and Jean Ellen Wilson talk with guest host Jacki Lyden about chronicling the lives of their town's black residents, by keeping track of their deaths.
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Virginia Museum For Sale After $2 Million Construction

The construction of a $2 million event hall at the historic Collingwood Library and Museum in Virginia has resulted in a financial downturn for the building.

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Publisher Pulls Controversial Thomas Jefferson Book, Citing Loss Of Confidence

Christian book company Thomas Nelson Publishers is ending its publishing and distribution of evangelical David Barton's controversial book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson. The publisher says it has lost confidence in the book's details.
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Barber On Front Lines Of Civil Rights Battles

James Armstrong's Birmingham barbershop was a hub for the civil rights movement, serving customers like Martin Luther King, Jr. Armstrong helped desegregate schools and organize voting rights marches. He's the focus of the 2012 Oscar-nominated short documentary, The Barber of Birmingham. Host Michel Martin talks with co-director Robin Fryday.
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Remembering A Man Who Broke Boundaries Between Earth, Sky

Al Welsh was born in Russia in 1881, before anyone had figured out how to fly an airplane. But he went on to become one of the world's first pilots.

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A Family Guards An Open Secret

Open Secret filmmaker Steve Lickteig talks with Rebecca Sheir about his discovery that his oldest sister was actually his biological mother - a secret his family had kept from him for 18 years.

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