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Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision

When Mexican artist Diego Rivera was commissioned to do a mural for Rockefeller Center, some may have wondered whether industrialist tycoon John D. Rockefeller Jr. knew what he was getting into.
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New Look At The Man Behind Black Power

Stokely Carmichel popularized one of the best known and most polarizing phrases of the civil rights era: "black power." Historian Peniel Joseph shares his new book Stokely: A Life.
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How Bad Directions (And A Sandwich) Started World War I

World War I began 100 years ago this summer. The spark — Archduke Ferdinand's assassination — was dramatic, tragic and, in some ways, almost comic.
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A Lifelong Radio Man Wins New Fans With 'Big Broadcast'

As the host of WAMU 88.5's beloved "Big Broadcast," Ed Walker introduces a new generation to the golden age of radio.

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Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth

In the early 1960s, a young couple in Boston set out to make audio recordings of relatively young, up-and-coming writers — like James Baldwin, Philip Roth and John Updike — reading their own works.
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The Case For Tammany Hall Being On The Right Side Of History

In a new book, Terry Golway takes a sympathetic view of Manhattan's infamous political machine. He says, "Tammany Hall was there for the poor immigrant who was otherwise friendless in New York."
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What Really Happened The Night Kitty Genovese Was Murdered?

Thirty-eight people witnessed Genovese's murder and didn't do a thing about it, according to news reports from 1964. Fifty years later, a new book tells a different story.
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During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty

A new book looks at how the military and Hollywood directors teamed up during the war. The films they made helped show Americans what was at stake, and served as evidence during the Nuremberg Trials.
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Carnaval In Recife: Long History, Interesting Future

In northeastern Brazil, a pre-Lenten Carnival party has its roots in slavery and religion.
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Ecological Stories Uncovered With Whale Bones In Chile

Several years ago, construction workers in Chile found whale fossils from 6 to 9 million years ago. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks with Nick Pyenson, a paleontologist with the Smithsonian, who helped remove the fossils.

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