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The Man Who Coined 'Genocide' Spent His Life Trying To Stop It

Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the word in 1943, as part of his lifelong campaign to make the world acknowledge and prosecute the crime. A new documentary, Watchers of the Sky, tells his story.
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Out Of The Lockerbie Bombing, A Bond And A 'Letter Of Note'

Audie Cornish speaks with Frank Ciulla about a poignant letter cherished by his family. It was written after his father was killed in the Lockerbie bombing in 1988.
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Alabama Attorney General's 1976 Letter Told KKK Off In 3 Short Words

As part of our series Letters of Note, former Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley tells Audie Cornish how he once replied to an angry letter from the Ku Klux Klan.
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Remembering When 'Mr. Smith' Came To Washington, 75 Years Ago

When Frank Capra's film, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington premiered at Constitution Hall on October 17, 1939, not everyone in Washington gave the movie two thumbs up.

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1901 Boston Time Capsule Provides A Lesson In Curating History

Audie Cornish talks to Brian LeMay, president of the Bostonian Society, about opening a 113-year-old time capsule that was found inside a wooden lion sculpture atop the historic state house.
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Animated 'Book Of Life' Celebrates Día De Los Muertos

The Day of the Dead holiday celebrated in Mexico and other Latin America countries is now the subject of a 3-D animated movie, produced by filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutiérrez.
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How Presidential Speeches Have Changed Over Time

News site Vocativ.com analyzed more than 600 presidential speeches. In general, it says the earliest speeches were written at PhD levels, and that language has become less sophisticated over time.
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Striking Mosaic Found In Greek Tomb Dates From 4th Century B.C.

Dating from the last quarter of the 4th century B.C., the mosaic covers a space of nearly 15 feet by 10 feet. It features two horses, a man and the god Hermes, in colorful detail.
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Seattle Swaps Columbus Day For 'Indigenous Peoples' Day'

The city is the latest to honor Native Americans instead of Christopher Columbus. But not everyone is happy about the change.
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In A Way, Gandhi Also Won 2014's Nobel Peace Prize

In a week when two Nobel Peace Prize winners were announced, NPR's Scott Simon reflects on Mahatma Gandhi's life. Though Gandhi never won the prize, 2014's winners carry on his legacy.

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