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Remembering Guitar Legend Doc Watson

You could say he stood at the crossroads of American Music. Legendary guitarist and folk singer Doc Watson died Tuesday at age 89. We talk about his music and influence.

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Older Vets Honor Iraq War Comrades At Memorial Day Parade

The national Memorial Day Parade in D.C. also honored living Iraq War veterans for the first time this year, after the war officially ended in December 2011.

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American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality

The idea of the American Dream is woven through this country's politics, music and culture. It suggests a belief that hard work pays off, and that children will have a better life than their parents. But as the effects of the economic downturn continue to reverberate, many feel the American Dream is in jeopardy.
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Long Before The Internet, The Linotype Sped Up The News

In 1886, Ottmar Mergenthaler invented a machine that could create an entire line of type at once. It was called the linotype and it revolutionized the way we communicate.
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75 Years Ago, A Deadly Day On The Golden Gate

Constructing the iconic bridge was a coveted job in Depression-era San Francisco. The work was dangerous, but the men were careful and years passed without a single fatality. Just months before it opened, however, the bridge finally claimed its due — all in a few horrifying seconds.
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A Quest For Roots Uncovers Ordinary People

Lawrence Jackson went through most of his life not knowing much about his family history, but when he had a child, he wanted to pass along a family tree. His search took him across Virginia, where he found out more than he ever expected.
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James Burton: The Teen Who Invented American Guitar

You've heard guitarist James Burton even if you don't know it. Ever since he was 15, he's been recording behind a bewildering number of artists, from Ricky Nelson to Ray Charles. He also managed to put out some records on his own. Rock historian Ed Ward shares his story.

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