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Did Author Amiri Baraka 'Remix' Who He Was?

Author Amiri Baraka sparked a lot of controversy with his writings — and those controversies were reignited with his recent passing. Host Michel Martin speaks with author and professor Mark Anthony Neal about Baraka's divisive career, and where he belongs in the larger context of American literature.
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Japanese Soldier Who Fought On For 29 Years After WWII Dies

For nearly three decades, until 1974, Lt. Hiroo Onoda lived in a Philippine jungle. During those years he continued to battle with villagers. As many as 30 people were killed. It wasn't until his former commander ordered Onoda to lay down his arms that he surrendered. Onoda died Thursday. He was 91.
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After Nearly 80 Years, Maryland Polka Hall Prepares For Last Dance

Blob's Park, a beer garden and polka hall that's kept patrons dancing for nearly 80 years, is slated to close in March.

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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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