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How An Explosion On The Potomac 170 Years Ago Changed The Course Of History

In 1844, Washingtonians came together in mourning after a disastrous incident onboard the USS Princeton, sailing in the Potomac.


Chester Nez, Last Of Navajo Code Talkers, Dies At 93

Chester Nez of Albuquerque, N.M., was among 29 tribal members who developed an unbreakable code that helped win World War II. He was 93 and the last of the original U.S. Marine Code Talkers.

In Ireland, A Macabre Discovery At Old Home For Unwed Mothers

The bodies of almost 800 children were discovered in an unmarked septic tank. The facility was run by nuns from 1925-1961.
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Proof: The Science of Booze

Kojo explores the finicky world of booze making and the science behind our favorite cocktails.


'Harvest Of Shame': Farm Workers Struggle With Poverty 50 Years On

The documentary Harvest of Shame was revolutionary in its raw portrayal of poverty amongst migrant farm workers. NPR's Elizabeth Blair discusses the film's legacy and the state of migrant work today.

If D-Day Failed, Eisenhower Was Ready To Take The Blame

As the 70th anniversary of D-Day approaches NPR's Scott Simon talks to presidential historian Michael Beschloss about the letter Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote, just in case the operation failed.

In Confronting Poverty, 'Harvest Of Shame' Reaped Praise And Criticism

The 1960 documentary examined the plight of America's migrant farmworkers. It was praised as groundbreaking, but others called it an "exaggerated portrait" and even some migrants took issue with it.

In Nod To History, A Crumbling Philly Row House Gets A Funeral

3711 Melon St. in Philadelphia is an old house, but not a beautiful or particularly unique one. And that's exactly why historians and artists want to mark its demolition with a community celebration.

Ralph Ellison: No Longer The 'Invisible Man' 100 Years After His Birth

Ellison's exploration of race and identity won the National Book Award in 1953 and has been called one of the best novels of the 20th century.
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The Clark Family and The Corcoran Museum

We examine how former Montana senator and copper barron W.A. Clark and his youngest daughter, Huguette, became major benefactors of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.