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No Innocent Spice: The Secret Story Of Nutmeg, Life And Death

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice found in cakes and cider, and even spiking our spinach, if we're lucky. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan back in the 1600s.
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Funeral Services For Civil Rights Leader Lawrence Guyot Pending

Funeral services are pending for civil rights leader Lawrence Guyot, who died in his home in Mount Rainer, Md. last week.

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She Was The Only Woman To Get The Medal Of Honor

In all of American history, just one woman has ever been awarded the Medal of Honor: Mary Edwards Walker, a physician during the Civil War. Congress later tried to take back the medal, but she refused to return it.
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A Gem Cast Off Chicago's Architectural Crown

Chicago loves its famous architecture, but the wrecking ball may soon take down one of the most unusual buildings in town — the Prentice Women's Hospital — designed by mid-century architect Bertrand Goldberg.
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Behind The Native American Achievement Gap

Over five million people in the U.S. claim some form of Native American identity, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For Native American Heritage Month, guest host Celeste Headlee checks back in with author Anton Treuer about historic education challenges Native Americans have faced and what's being done to close the achievement gap.
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We Ask A Historian: Just How Accurate Is 'Lincoln'?

Lincoln biographer Ronald White critiques the accuracy of Stephen Spielberg's new film about the Great Emancipator. White says that while not every detail of the film is true, "the delicate balance or blend between history and dramatic art comes off quite well."
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Mapping Virginia

Our region's early history through a new book featuring the most extensive map collection of Virginia's first 300 years.

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Shaping The City: Washington's Landscapes

Architect and Washington Post columnist Roger K. Lewis returns to discuss how landscapes shape the face of Washington, and the challenge of maintaining them.

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How Did Thanksgiving End Up On The Fourth Thursday?

Why not on a Friday? And why not the last Thursday? There is an explanation. But you have to go back to things decreed by presidents Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt (FDR, that is).

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