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All Across America, Meat Billboards Ruled The Road

Although outdoor ads have been around since ancient Egypt, they really took off after the Interstate Highway System was born in the 1950s. And, what better way to entice the captive audience in the car than to advertise beef on a billboard?
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Recent Rulings Show How Hard It Is to Predict High-Profile Court Decisions

Thursday's ruling on the controversial health care law showed that perhaps it's best not to pay too much attention to how smoothly oral arguments go, or to the legal prognosticators who try to predict the outcomes.
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How The Taste Of Tomatoes Went Bad (And Kept On Going)

Scientists have discovered that the gene that makes tomatoes uniformly ripe and red also makes them less tasty. But it's going to take consumer education and a willingness to pay more before the industry makes a change.
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The Location: American Artist Declares Independence, Creates The Peacock Room

In our latest edition of The Location, Kim Bender shares the tale of James McNeill Whistler's declaration of artistic independence, and the consequences thereof.

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Black Legal Giants Struggled With Role, Identity

The Supreme Court has made major decisions, from rulings on the President's signature health care law, to historic civil rights law. In the book, Representing the Race, Harvard Law Professor Kenneth Mack looks at African-American legal giants like Thurgood Marshall and their struggle with identity. He speaks with guest host Viviana Hurtado.
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The Curious Fate Of Stonewall Jackson's Arm

When Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot by his own troops, his left arm was amputated and buried. But when the general died days later, he was not reunited with his lost limb.
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Linda Hirshman: Gay Rights On Road To 'Victory'

Linda Hirshman's new book Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution draws on hundreds of in-depth interviews and archival material to chronicle the fight for gay rights in America. Hirshman talks to Michel Martin about some key leaders in this history and how their accomplishments have expanded opportunities for those who do not identify as LGBT.
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The Making Of Meat-Eating America

Thanks to American wealth and ingenuity, we're a nation of meat eaters. But that's not the whole story. Over the years, we've made access to land near cities affordable to farmers, and created a cheap market for beef and chicken.
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Virginia Remembers On War Of 1812 Bicentennial

Virginia has set up a special state commission to remember the commonwealth's significant role in the War of 1812, waged 200 years ago this June.

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