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Major US Folk Music Archive Makes Online Debut

Alan Lomax's collection of folk music recordings was recently made available online and it's already influencing contemporary musicians. Host Michel Martin talks with Geoffrey Clairfield of the Association for Cultural Equity, and Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops about the online archive and the music it's inspiring.
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South Manor Neighbors Oppose Site For Metro Crash Memorial

Neighbors of a proposed memorial to victims of the 2009 Metrorail crash aren't necessarily thrilled about the city's designated location.  

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Economic Picture Improves For Blacks In Virginia, Report Finds

The earnings gap between blacks and whites in Virginia persists, although it's improving, according to a new study.

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Jefferson Statue Goes Up At State Capitol

A plan to raise rates at parking meters during peak periods in the District has been approved.

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How Swiss Guards And Sacred Geese Saved Rome

From Gauls to Goths to soldiers of the Holy Roman Empire, many outsiders have tried to destroy the Eternal City, with varying degrees of success. Rome has been defended repeatedly, by courageous fighters and once by a flock of geese. May 6 is the anniversary of of the last and most devastating sacking of Rome.
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After 30 Years, Derby's Dirt Guru Hits Finish Line

The dirt track at the hallowed Churchill Downs is known for crushing dreams and cementing equine legacies. Raymond "Butch" Lehr leads a team of dozens that carefully tends the one-mile oval. On Saturday, Lehr will end his 30-year career.
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National Archives Thief Sentenced To 18 Months

A former National Archives employee has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing $80,000 in historic materials from the national trove.

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New Dinosaur Hall Object Of $35M Smithsonian Donation

Billionaire and and conservative political donor David Koch has made a $35 million donation to the Smithsonian for the construction of a new dinosaur hall.

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Our Divided Political Heart

Political analysts E.J. Dionne Jr. and Ross Douthat on what divides us as a nation, and finding a balance between individual freedom and community responsibility.

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