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Cocktail Culture, History And Archaeology

We consider the history -- and future -- of the cocktail and how what we imbibe says about our culture and others.

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Recordings Reissued On Solti's 100th Birthday

Renee Montagne talks to classical music commentator Miles Hoffman about one of the most important conductors of the 20th century: Sir George Solti. This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of his birth.
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Robert Gottlieb: "Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens"

Charles Dickens created some of the most famous child characters in fiction: Little Nell, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield. Dickens was also the father of 10, possibly 11, sons and daughters. Author Robert Gottlieb explores their lives and what Dickens was like as a father and a man.

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Road Tripper Treks To Presidential Resting Places

We tag along with a man on a journey to visit and blog about every presidential grave site, including the four located in the D.C. region.

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Which President Would Make The Best Babysitter?

A recent ABC News poll quizzed registered voters on this question: Of the two presidential candidates, who'd you prefer as a babysitter? President Obama currently leads Governor Romney as a choice 49 percent to 36 percent. But the question itself got us wondering — among past presidents, who'd be a better babysitter? We polled several historians to find out.
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The JFK Assassination Anniversary: Public Perceptions And Political Realities

In the first of a two-part series, Diane and a panel of experts explore gaps between public perceptions and political realities driving the events of the era.

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Urban Parisian Vines Produce Wine With A Drop Of History

Winemaking isn't just for the countryside — at least not in France. There's an urban vineyard located in the heart of the French capital. In the 1920s, local artists planted grapevines to prevent a developer from wiping out the block.
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Florida's Dozier School For Boys: A True Horror Story

Forensic anthropologists are working to find the unmarked graves of the 81 boys known to have died at a notorious reform school in the Florida Panhandle. The school was known for the rough treatments juvenile delinquents received there — including severe bearings and other abuse.

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