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The Dark History Of Green Food On St. Patrick's Day

Cupcakes, cookies and beer dyed green may mean party time in America, but on the Emerald Isle, they harken back to a desperate past. Still, Ireland has learned to embrace the kitsch for the tourists.
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St. Patrick's Day Beyond 'Kiss Me' Signs and Green Bagels

St. Patrick's Day is known for parades, parties and everything green. But it's also a time to remember what brought so many Irish people to the United States. Historian Christine Kinealy explains.
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What Are The Rules For Changing A Country's Borders?

Drawing borders feels like an anachronism that was the domain of 19th-century diplomats, but Crimea shows that national boundaries still aren't considered fixed in many parts of the world.
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Like So Many Others, Leaving Ireland For A Better Life

On St. Patrick's Day weekend, NPR's Jacki Lyden reflects on her own family's journey from Ireland to America, and back again.
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A Farewell To Carrot Cake (And Other Things Lost Without World War I)

All Things Considered asked listeners to imagine how one aspect of the last 100 years would be different if the Great War had never happened. We received more than 1,500 fascinating stories.
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Volunteers Work To Save D.C.'s Oldest Monuments

Washington's oldest monuments — the Boundary Stones — have nearly been forgotten. But a group of engineers, preservationists and history buffs is working to change that.

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From Stone To (Bright Red) Structure: A Tour of the Seneca Quarry

The historic but nearly-forgotten Seneca Quarry provided the bright red sandstone for one of Washington's most famous buildings.

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Without World War I, A Slower U.S. Rise, No 'God Bless America'

If the Great War had never happened, America might look vastly different. Among other things, woman's suffrage and the civil rights movement might have suffered.
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Move To Honor Prohibition-Era 'Untouchable' Hits A Snag

Several U.S. senators want to name the ATF's Washington headquarters after Eliot Ness, credited with bringing down mobster Al Capone. But Chicago's City Council says Ness doesn't deserve the glory.
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A World Without World War I, Featuring Health-Nut Hitler

One hundred years after the Great War, we're looking back at the history that wasn't. If Archduke Franz Ferdinand hadn't been killed in 1914, how would the world be different?

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