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Childhood Memories Of The Cuban Missile Crisis

It's been 50 years since the Cuban missile crisis had the U.S. on the brink of nuclear war with the Soviet Union. But the chaos and fear of those days are still alive in the memories of those who lived through it. Host Michel Martin talks with two Cuban-American women. One lived in Miami, and the other in Cuba during the conflict.
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George McGovern: A Historical Perspective

George McGovern may be best known for losing one of the most lopsided presidential races in history, but he left an enduring impact on Washington -- and on a generation of politicians who followed him.

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StoryCorps: Percy White III On His Father's Triumph Over Sharecropping

In an interview recorded for StoryCorps, Waldorf resident Percy White III recalls his father's decision to leave a life of sharecropping in rural Virginia and the joy his father ultimately felt at his children's accomplishments. 

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McGovern Legacy Offers More Than A Lost Presidency

Former Sen. George McGovern died Sunday morning. He was best known as the Democratic Party's ill-fated nominee against President Nixon in 1972, a textbook case of how not to run for the White House. Even so, as a proud liberal, McGovern was an inspiration to many political figures. He was 90.
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Sen. George McGovern Dies

Sen. George McGovern lost the 1972 presidential bid to Richard Nixon yet inspired a new generation of voters with his candidacy and opposition to the Vietnam War. A family spokesman told the AP McGovern died Sunday at a hospice in Sioux Falls, S.D., surrounded by family and friends. He was 90.
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The Strangely True Tale Of Johnny Appleseed

He's legend now, but the man was as odd as his myth. Long-haired, barefoot and nature-loving, John Chapman traveled the Midwest in the early 1800s planting trees and creating orchards for future settlers.
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'The Revolutionary': An Unrequited Love For China

Sidney Rittenberg is one of the only American citizens to have joined the Chinese Communist Party. Though he was imprisoned for 16 of his 35 years in China, he still regards Chairman Mao as both hero and criminal.

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