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Virginia Senate Chamber Has Long Tradition Of Press Availability

The tradition of press access to the floor of the Virginia Senate goes back more than a century, but the recent move by state Republicans to banish journalists to the public viewing area is not actually without precedent.

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Was Dr. Asperger A Nazi? The Question Still Haunts Autism

Hans Asperger identified autism as a spectrum of disorders in the 1930s, but his work was ignored for decades because he went on to work under the Nazis. Research and treatment suffered as a result.
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The Evolution and Future of American Conservatism

A history of contemporary American conservatism from Barry Goldwater to the Tea Party: What it means for the 2016 presidential election and the future of the GOP.

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'In A Different Key' Traces History And Politics Of Autism

Authors John Donvan and Caren Zucker say parents have been "unsung heroes" in spurring more research on autism, and in getting many more kids out of institutions and into schools.
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Aztec Gold: Watch The History And Science Of Popcorn

Popcorn has been around at least 4,000 years. The Aztecs even had a word for the sound of kernels popping — totopoca. On National Popcorn Day, ponder the story of this beloved snack.
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First Mention: Pac-Man

NPR's feature "First Mention" goes back to 1981 to find an early reference to the game Pac-Man.
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In California, A Treasure Hunt For Gold Rush-Era Fruit And Nut Trees

The search is on for heirloom varieties planted at homesteads and coach stops in the late 1800s. The resilient trees, still productive despite long neglect, could prove valuable at a time of drought.
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Amid Controversy, Scholastic Pulls Picture Book About Washington's Slave

The book tells the story of Hercules, a slave who President George Washington used as a chef. The book shows Hercules and his daughter happy and taking pride in making Washington a birthday cake.
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When Ancestry Search Led To Escaped Slave: 'All I Could Do Was Weep'

Regina Mason's great-great-great-grandfather, a man named William Grimes, was a runaway slave and the author of what is now considered to be the first fugitive slave narrative.
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Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin: "March: Book Two" (Rebroadcast)

The second in a trilogy of graphic novels about the civil rights movement begins in Nashville in 1960. How young activists confront police brutality and violence in their fight for social change.

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