As the daughter, wife and mother of politicians in a family that has achieved iconic status, Rose Kennedy occupies a unique place in American history. A new biography sheds light on the often paradoxical nature of the woman who raised a political dynasty.
Regional powers are taking sides in the conflict between Egypt's interim military government and ousted Muslim Brotherhood leaders. We explore the debate over U.S. leverage and its potential role in the conflict.
America's first Freedom Riders may well have been the black musicians who, in the '30s and '40s, broke ground by appearing in Hollywood films. Those could have been milestone moments, but the industry responded to provincial concerns and allowed Jim Crow markets to cut out integrated scenes.
In his book, which has just won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History, Keith Lowe describes a land with no governments, schools, banks or shops, where rape was rampant and women prostituted themselves for food. Flying in the face of usual post-WWII narratives, Lowe sheds light on a complex history.
The Arlington County Fire Department in Virginia was the first in the nation to hire a woman into a full-time position to fight fires. But women in that career remain under-represented, and the county is promoting the fire service to teenage girls, hoping they'll follow in Judy Brewer's footsteps.
The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry fought a historic battle Civil War battle 1050 years ago, historic in part because it was the first all-black regiment from the North to do battle in the war to end slavery. Host Jacki Lyden discusses the assault on Fort Wagner with historian Steven Hill.
The city hopes a bankruptcy filing can help it deal with its multi-billion dollar debt. Host Michel Martin talks with Michael Pagano of the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press.
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