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The Grim History Of The Modern Death Penalty

Richard Dieter, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, offers a primer on the history of capital punishment.

Yiddish Culture Takes Center Stage

An effort to preserve the Yiddish language is getting a boost from the theater world. The artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene talks about preserving the language through art.

Behind 'Belle': An 18th Century Portrait Ahead Of Its Time

Director Amma Asante's new film is based on the real-life story of a biracial woman who grew up in an aristocratic English family — a story that was immortalized in a painting by Johann Zoffany.

Cinco De Mayo: Whose Holiday Is It, Anyway?

Expect to see margarita specials and sombreros galore throughout this weekend — even though, in most of Mexico, May 5 is no big deal.
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Capitol Dome Reopened For Tours, Now With Scaffolding And Netting

As part of renovations expected to last for the next several years, the Capitol building looks like a work in progress.


Dartmouth Celebrates 50 Years Of BASIC Computer Language

The new programming language, developed five decades ago, didn't require code to be entered on punch cards. It also allowed computer novices to begin programming without a lot of academic training.

Century-Old Jewish Mural Was Hidden For Decades In Vermont

In the late 1800s, Jewish immigrants brought the Eastern European tradition of synagogue murals to Burlington. Now one such mural, painted in 1910, is being restored.

Ringleader Of Human Smuggling Ring Dies, Leaving A Complex Legacy

Cheng Chui Ping died of cancer in prison on Thursday. She made a career of smuggling thousands of Chinese immigrants to the U.S. and worked with a notoriously violent gang to enforce payment.

If We'd Only Known About The Impending Spam

Twenty years ago, NPR alerted staff members that they would soon have access to a new form of communication: "A collection of computer networks that is connected around the world."

A Search For Cervantes That Don Quixote Could Embrace

Scientists have begun using radar to search for the body of Spain's most famous writer, Miguel de Cervantes, who is believed to be buried in a medieval convent in Madrid.