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Maryland Governor Creates Commission For Recognition Of World War I Veterans

Approaching the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Maryland is creating a commission to find new ways to commemorate those who fought in the Great War.
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D-Day's Black Soldiers

On Veterans Day, we chat with the author of a new book about the largely-forgotten 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African American soldiers who landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944.

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Listen: Whither Goes D.C.'s Winter Weather? Jason Samenow Offers A Prediction For The Season Ahead

The last two winters have brought exceptional levels of cold onto the D.C. region, but what could this year bring? Capital Weather Gang's Jason Samenow explains how a strong El Nino event could shape our winter.

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6 Jokes From 19th Century America

History books tell us that times were hard in the 1800s. But there was occasional humor. Some of it was even funny.
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Racial Incidents, Student Protests And Resignations At The University of Missouri

The president of the University of Missouri system resigned and the chancellor of the university’s main campus in Columbia announced he's stepping aside. Their moves are in response to student protesters who charged that the university failed to adequately respond to recent racial incidents: racial tensions on campus and debate over a university administration's response.

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Racial Incidents, Student Protests And Resignations At The University of Missouri

The president of the University of Missouri system resigned and the chancellor of the university’s main campus in Columbia announced he's stepping aside. Their moves are in response to student protesters who charged that the university failed to adequately respond to recent racial incidents: racial tensions on campus and debate over a university administration's response.

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Before Bright Lights And Rapid Fire, There Was 1948 And One Question

The first presidential debate broadcast lasted one hour, and was broadcast without commercial interruption. Dewey and Stassen debated whether the Communist Party in the U.S. should be outlawed.
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George Takei Debuts On Broadway In 'Allegiance'

Inspired by Takei's own childhood experiences, the musical spotlights a dark era in American history: The internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
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Isabel Allende: The Japanese Lover

Isabel Allende's new novel is a love story about a Jewish girl and a Japanese-American boy torn apart by war, race and class. The best-selling author on love, loss and passion – in fiction and real life.

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'Wild Thing': Making Hearts Sing For 50 Years

The iconic rock song "Wild Thing" was written in 15 minutes, 50 years ago, and has since been licensed more than 7,300 times. Chip Taylor talks about the song he wrote that holds a special place in his heart.

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