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Zoinks! Tracing The History Of 'Zombie' From Haiti To The CDC

Zombies populate our books, graphic novels, movies and video games with race and slavery playing an unexpected role. Our national obsession with zombies dates back centuries and can be traced to Haiti. Code Switch examines how the word "zombie" was born and how it has taken a life of its own.
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Deep In China, 'Cowboys' Have Skied For Thousands Of Years

On wooden skis, the Tuvan people of Central Asia have been traversing the snow for at least 4,000 years. Travel writer Mark Jenkins went to the region for National Geographic, where he joined a group of lasso-wielding men on skis tracking elk.
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South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation'

Equality for all South Africans, regardless of race or color, was at the core of the struggle against apartheid. Nineteen years after Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the first black president in the country's first democratic elections, what is the status of race relations?
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Remembering Quizmaster Mac McGarry

For five decades Mac McGarry was a fixture of Saturday morning television in Washington, hosting the teen quiz bowl "It's Academic." McGarry died last week at age 87. We revisit his 2005 interview with Kojo.

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Game Director Shifts From 'Grand Theft Auto' To Iranian Revolution

A blockbuster video game director is working on a game where you don't shoot back. It puts the player inside the Iranian Revolution of 1979, and it's a financial and personal risk to the game makers.
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How Does History Change The Meaning Of Words?

Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares the surprising back story on the term "president."
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African-American Gun Club Hopes To Help Curb Youth Violence

More than 200 people have been killed this year in Baltimore — most of them blacks. One Maryland gun group says it's in a unique position to help steer the city's black youth away from the path of gun violence by focusing on discipline, training and black history.
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Tech Tuesday: Preserving Family History (Rebroadcast)

Our most precious family history --old letters, home movies, photo albums--often end up in basements or attics--the worst possible place to preserve these materials. We explore high and low tech ways to protect and store family memorabilia, and the smartest way to migrate different materials to digital formats.

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Little Lucketts, Va., Hosts World's Oldest Bluegrass Concert Series

The tiny hamlet of Lucketts, Va., is home to one stop light, an antique store, a gas station, and a 40-year-old music tradition.

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Mystery Bidder At French Auction Plans To Return Sacred Hopi Items

Twenty-four items sold for $530,000 this week in Paris. The Los Angeles-based Annenberg Foundation turned out to be the buyer, and says it stepped in after a French court rejected efforts to halt the auction.

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