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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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Death Squads Re-created 'The Act Of Killing' For The Camera

The film The Act of Killing visits former Indonesian death squad killers who wrought havoc from 1965, slaughtering between half- and 2 million people in a genocide often forgotten. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer about his new documentary, which is shortlisted for an Oscar nomination.
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McDonnell Douglas DC-9 Flies Into Retirement

A Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta on Monday marked the end of an era for the McDonnell Douglas DC-9. The passenger jet first took flight in 1965 and was known for its relatively small size, which let it land on short runways and expand air travel across the nation.
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American Literature And The 'Mythos Of The Boozing Writer'

In her new book, The Trip To Echo Spring, Olivia Laing investigates the role of drinking in the lives of six great American writers: Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Cheever, John Berryman, Tennessee Williams and Raymond Carver.
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Israel's Ariel Sharon: A Man Of War's Journey Toward Peace

Israel's former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who suffered a devastating stroke in 2006 at the height of his political power, died Saturday after spending eight years in a coma. NPR's Scott Simon remembers Sharon with former ambassador Dennis Ross, who has played a leading role in shaping U.S. policy on Israel.
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50 Years After Surgeon General's Warning, Smokers Still Light Up

In the 50 years since the Surgeon General's landmark report on smoking, what's worked to convince people not to smoke, and what hasn't? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Kenneth Warner, professor of public health at the University of Michigan, about cigarette consumption before and after the report.
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The Church Bathroom That Stood As A Monument To A Segregated Past

When the bathroom building went up behind a small Louisiana church in 1959, the doors were painted different colors. Ushers would follow black parishioners outside to make sure they entered the correct door. The once-segregated bathroom recently became part of a discussion of racism, a from-the-pulpit apology, and a demolition.

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