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D.C.'s Stonehenge: The History of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site

The McMillan sand filtration site is a prominent D.C. landmark, but relatively few people know the full history of the structure.

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Baltimore's 'Arabbers' Keep 150 Years Of Tradition Alive

Baltimore's "arabbers" walk around the city selling fruits and vegetables from horse-drawn carts — a job that harkens all the back to the Civil War.

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The Tasty History Of D.C.'s Restaurant Scene

Historian and blogger John DeFerrari disputes the popular notion that a real restaurant scene in D.C. emerged only recently, citing centuries of ups and downs.

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Mid-Atlantic Gadget 'Geeks' Pursue Passion for Antique Radios

Members of the Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club say old radios are more than just electronics; they're works of art.

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The Real Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr. (Rebroadcast)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch argues that while we invoke Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name frequently, few understand the principles he championed or the history of race relations in America.

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Poverty: 'We Need To Talk About It As It Is, Not As It Was'

Host Michel Martin shares her thoughts about why poverty conversations are needed, in her regular "Can I Just Tell You" essay.
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A Woman Comes To Terms With Her Family's Slave-Owning Past

Kate Byroade had always known her ancestors were slave owners, but she had been told their slaves were treated well. Understanding the truth took her on a difficult lifelong journey. Americans are shy "about calling out the great wickedness of slavery," she says. "We should not be."
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Lake Placid: A National Incubator For Winter Sport Olympians

In Vancouver four years ago, athletes who grew up in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York accounted for about one in 10 medals garnered by the U.S. In this region, the Olympics don't seem like a pipe dream, and they don't seem like ancient history — the Olympics is just sort of what people do.
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Discovering Grief And Freedom In A Family's History Of Slavery

Robert Goins was tracing his genealogy when he found his ancestors' names listed among livestock and farm implements in a plantation ledger. With that painful discovery, he kept digging until he found a very different story: that of a great-great-great-grandfather who lived as a freeman.
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Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock

Since the violent 1957 standoff over the integration of Central High School, federal courts have been involved in Little Rock school affairs. Now a deal by the state, school districts and lawyers representing black students could end that oversight.

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