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Take A Second To Salute Anna Jarvis, The Mother Of Mother's Day

The first official Mother's Day services took place in May 1908 in West Virginia, to honor Anna Jarvis' mother. Olive Ricketts, director of the Anna Jarvis Museum, discusses the day's origins.

What Is 'Natural' Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil

Time is almost up for consumers to tell the FDA what "natural" food means. It's an ancient philosophical question with no easy answers.

The Forgotten History Of African-American Jockeys

Many of the early jockeys in the Kentucky Derby's history were black — unlike today, as Professor Pellom McDaniels of Emory University explains.

Before The Races, Test Your Kentucky Derby Knowledge

NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with author and trivia master A.J. Jacobs about everything you always wanted to know about the Kentucky Derby.

Celebrating Mother's Day? Make Sure You Have The Date Right

Many countries in the world celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May, but it's not the global norm. Turns out it has to do with the origins of the celebration, historical events and culture.

Newly Released Documents Detail Traumas Of China's Cultural Revolution

Historian Frank Dikötter says newly opened archives offer fresh details about the chaos China experienced in the 1960s, when Chairman Mao urged students to take to the streets.

Wreckage Of Capt. Cook's HMS Endeavor May Be In Rhode Island Port

Researchers think they have located the vessel, later named the Lord Sandwich, that the British explorer sailed to Australia, saying it may have been part of a blockade during the American Revolution.

Marines Investigating Possible Mistaken Identity In Iwo Jima Flag-Raising Photo

Analysis by amateur historians has called into question the identity of some of the men depicted in the iconic World War II image and statue. Now the Marine Corps is taking another look.

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The Freedom And Safety Of Reporters Around The World

Since 2005 nearly 800 reporters have been killed while doing their work. Please join us to talk about the risks reporters face around the world and new effort to boost press safety and freedoms.


Do The Words 'Race Riot' Belong On A Historic Marker In Memphis?

On May 1, 1866, Memphis was home to a massacre that killed 46 African-Americans and injured many others. Now a historical marker shows an ongoing rift between white historians and black activists.