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Old Newspapers Shed New Light On Emmett Till Murder

New details about one of Mississippi's most infamous murders are coming to light — more than a half-century later. The death of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy who allegedly whistled at a white woman, helped spark the civil rights movement.
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African American Service In The Civil War

Civil War scholar Ron Coddington has compiled a collection of portraits of these men and used the images as a jumping off point for telling their stories. He joins Kojo to help us understand the Civil War as they experienced it.

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Martin Recalls The Supreme Court 34 Years Ago

As the nation watched the historic Supreme Court arguments over gay marriage, host Michel Martin recalls an affirmative action case she followed at the Court in 1979. In her 'Can I Just Tell You' essay, she explains how — as gay rights activists fight for equality in marriage — the fight for equal economic opportunity remains for many African-Americans.
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The People Behind Guthrie's 'Deportee' Verses

Artist Tim Hernandez has uncovered a mystery behind the classic Woody Guthrie folk song, 'Deportee,' about a tragic plane crash in 1948 that killed 28 illegal immigrants. Hernandez talks with host Michel Martin about what inspired him to look into the real story.
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Reviving The Spirit And Schmaltz Of The Jewish Deli

Smoked salmon pastrami may sound heretical, but owners of a revisionist Jewish deli in Washington, D.C., say it's all part of a revival of traditional Jewish cuisine.
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The Fear That Drives Russia's Support For Syria's Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin has consistently supported President Bashar Assad through Syria's violent crisis. Fiona Hill, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, argues that Putin's support is linked to Russia's own history.

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