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Beatles Fans Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Historic D.C. Concert

Not only was Washington, D.C., the site of The Beatles' first full North American concert in 1964, but it was also the first North American city to play a Beatles song on the radio.

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For Australian Christmas, Everything's Overturned But The Pudding

Cooking in 100-degree weather is no fun, which is why many Australians ditched roasts and other holiday mainstays long ago. Except for Christmas pudding, a tradition steeped in history — and alcohol.
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A Vital Chapter Of American History On Film In 'Selma'

Director Ava DuVernay speaks to NPR's Michele Norris about making Selma, a searing depiction of the battle for voting rights — and the first major movie about the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
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Bound By A Plantation, Two Georgians Remember A Special Christmas

Gen. Sherman burned the plantation down on his way to Savannah, and now the descendant of the planter and the grandchild of that planter's emancipated slave delight in sharing their story.
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'The Interview' Is Not The First Film To Rile A Government

Sony cancelling the release of "The Interview" has stirred up criticism, but Evan Osnos of the New Yorker tells NPR's Arun Rath this isn't the first time foreign governments have tried to suppress films.
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Pride And Prejudice: For Latinos, Tamales Can Taste Of Both

Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That's a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.
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National Parks In Maryland, New York To Honor Harriet Tubman

After years of effort, legislation to honor abolitionist Harriet Tubman with national parks in Maryland and New York has passed Congress.
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A Holy Land Christmas Porridge Honors A Damsel In Distress

Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.
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Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin

In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.
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Japan's Beloved Christmas Cake Isn't About Christmas At All

The Japanese Christmas cake takes its name from the Christian holiday, but it actually symbolizes building a life of prosperity from nothing. And it's ubiquitous (it's even in your smartphone).

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