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George Takei Takes Story Of Internment To The Stage

The actor was born in 1937 to a Japanese-American family that, after Pearl Harbor, was sent to live in internment camps for the duration of World War II. His experience growing up in the camps inspired a new musical, Allegiance, which Takei also stars in.
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Following The Footnotes Of The Revolutionary War

Author Robert Sullivan retraces the steps of George Washington and his troops in his new book, My American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware and I-78. It recounts the 30-mile trek north from the Delaware River.
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A Party Like No Other: America's First Conventions

Political conventions haven't always been predictable, carefully choreographed parties. Starting with the first convention in 1831, these gatherings were rife with fighting, intrigue, nail-biting votes and even murder. We talk to a...

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A Virginia Family Works To Retain A Nearly-Forgotten Language

A Northern Virginia man and his family are trying to preserve the Native American language, Myaamia, decades after its presumed disappearance.

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Library Of Congress Preserves A Treasure Trove... Underground

A former Cold War bunker houses the Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center: The world's largest collection of films, TV programs and sound recordings.

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Regiment Remembered 150 Years After Second Battle Of Manassas

A century and a half after one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War, the National Park Service helps area residents remember the sacrifices made by soldiers that day.

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First Radio Commercial Hit Airwaves 90 Years Ago

Reporter John McDonough reports how AT&T ran the first-ever radio commercial on its station WEAF in New York 90 years ago this week. It changed the way broadcast was economically structured.
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MLK Memorial Quote Controversy To Be Put To Rest In September

On the first anniversary of the public unveiling of the memorial dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr., it was announced that a controversial paraphrasing of a King quote will be replaced.

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Readers' Review: "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" By Geraldine Brooks

Join Diane and her guests for our October Readers’ Review of Geraldine Brooks' novel, "Year of Wonders." It's based on the true story of measures taken by the residents of a small 17th-century English town to protect themselves and others from the plague.

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