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Small Museum Shows Off Weird Objects

In this encore report, we hear about a small museum in an elevator shaft in lower Manhattan. It's only six feet square, and only about three or four people can enter it at a time. The exhibits document the weird and wonderful of modern life, including prison contraband made from bread. (This piece originally aired on Jan. 2, 2014 on All Things Considered).

Why Kenya's Best-Known Writer Decided To Come Out

Binyavanga Wainaina made the announcement in an online essay on his 43rd birthday. He says the recent anti-gay legislation in Uganda and Nigeria influenced his decision to speak out now.
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How Much History Should Be Preserved At D.C.'s McMillan Site?

The proposed development at the McMillan sand filtration site in Northwest D.C. has sparked competing proposals for what some say is one of the city's important historic sites.


From The Trenches To The Web: British WWI Diaries Digitized

The British National Archives is posting 1.5 million pages of World War I diaries online. The personal accounts provide new insight into the lives of the troops who fought the war that began 100 years ago. "Everywhere the same hard, grim, pitiless sight of battle and war," reads one entry.

Komla Dumor: The African Journalist Who 'Lifted The Continent'

Dumor hosted the BBC television program Focus on Africa and was probably the best-known journalist on the continent. He roamed Africa for years and was known for explaining Africa — the good and the bad — with clarity, context and compassion.

Poll Findings: On Cuban-Americans And The Elusive 'American Dream'

Among Latinos, no group may have achieved the American dream as fully as Cuban-Americans. Since arriving here, as a community, they've prospered. But our recent poll suggests that for many Cuban-Americans, the dream is becoming elusive.

Which Artworks Should We Save? Cash-Strapped Italy Lets Citizens Vote

With money tight, Italian officials are faced with an unbearable choice: Which works of art should be saved, when the government can't afford to save them all? At the end of 2013, the government organized an online vote to give citizens a say in the matter.

A Promise Unfulfilled: 1962 MLK Speech Recording Is Discovered

Last fall, curators and interns at the New York State Museum were digging through their audio archives in an effort to digitize their collection. They unearthed a treasure: a reel-to-reel tape of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech commemorating the centennial of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Is The Black Church 'Divided?'

The fusion between faith and politics was always central to the fire of the civil rights movement. But the current leader of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s original home - the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta - feels that some of that heat has died down. Host Michel Martin asks Reverend Raphael Warnock why he feels the black church is split. This segment originally aired Jan. 10, 2014 on Tell Me More.

Church Struggles With Protecting Emancipation Proclamation Draft

Important papers that document our nation's history, like the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, can be found at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. But another important historical document, handwritten and signed by President Abraham Lincoln, is on public display seven days a week at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in the nation's capital.