Fresh off their work at the Republican convention, the Smithsonian Institution's political convention memorabilia team is spending this week at the Democrats' party, collecting and shipping finds back to the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
Archaeologists in Britain have begun looking for the remains of the last English king to die in battle. They believe King Richard III was buried under what is currently a parking lot in the city of Leicester. Robert Siegel talks to Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society, who has been at the dig site.
The Democratic Party has became the first major political party to include same-sex marriage rights in its platform. Back in 1972, Madeline Davis argued for the party to embrace gay rights, the first time it was brought up in a major party platform debate. Davis discusses the evolution of the gay rights movement with host Michel Martin.
One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching. But they might not realize that he's also tied to an iconic event in America's history.
Language can be political, as Yankee politicians quickly find out when giving speeches in the South. We explore the dialects of a changing South -- including North Carolina -- where transplants are influencing the language.
Alexandria's Old Town Theater, which was set to be repurposed for retail shops, will actually revisit its Vaudeville roots after a renovation that will reveal some of the building's original early 20th-century features.
An 18th-century silk suit worn by Benjamin Franklin when he convinced the French to team up with the U.S. during the American Revolution will become part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian's American history museum.
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