The Fisk Jubilee Singers are known for their near-perfect voices and performances of African-American spiritual songs. Now the choir's musical director is on the road, mentoring to young groups across the South. He's also hoping to preserve the songs too.
In 2003, U.S. forces discovered a trove of Jewish documents in a flooded Baghdad basement. They tell the tale of a once-thriving Jewish community. The painstakingly restored documents will be exhibited in the U.S. before they are returned to Iraq. But some Jewish groups are trying to prevent that.
Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Shaw was home to several open-air drug markets, and shootings were not uncommon. But it was still a neighborhood with longtime residents who refused to give up on their community — including WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi.
In September, Mayor Vincent C. Gray cut the ribbon on three brand new restaurants in D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood... all in the same day. Those three eateries were the vanguard of nearly two dozen new bars and restaurants slated to open this fall and winter, with more on the way.
From its history as a post-Civil War community of freed slaves to the riots that nearly destroyed the neighborhood, from a 100-year-old barbershop to new restaurants shaping the area's culinary scene, we explore the ups and downs of one of D.C.'s most historic and complex neighborhoods: Shaw.
Thursday marks the 100th anniversary of a storm that ravaged the Great Lakes. Referred to as the "White Hurricane," the storm raged for four days — destroying 19 ships and killing 250 sailors. Eight of the wrecks were on Michigan's Lake Huron. Two ships have never been found, but the search continues.
A hundred years after his birth, French writer and Nobel laureate Albert Camus is perhaps best-known around the world for novels like The Stranger and The Plague and his philosophy of absurdism. But it's his politics and views about Algeria's brutal fight for independence that continue to make waves in France.
The unexpected story of how the "young men and lads" who "commit acts of violence and mischief" came to be known as hoodlums. The term was first widely used in the 1870s in San Francisco, where gangs often targeted Chinese immigrants.
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