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From Stone to Bright Red Structure: A Tour of the Seneca Quarry

The historic Seneca Quarry provided the bright red sandstone for one of Washington's most famous buildings, but now it's nearly forgotten.

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Documentary Portrays Tolerance Amid Segregation In Small Maryland Town

A documentary about the history of race relations in the small town of Sandy Spring, Md. demonstrates the curious mix of racial tolerance and segregation that defines the area's past.

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The Thomashefskys: Stars Of The Yiddish Stage

Bessie and Boris Thomashefsky were mega-stars in the Yiddish theater world. Their story is told in a new documentary, written and conducted by their grandson, Michael Tilson Thomas. He also serves as music director of the San Francisco Symphony and artistic director of the New World Symphony.
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Remembering Bluegrass Pioneer Earl Scruggs

He helped define the bluegrass sound and redefine the banjo. Earl Scruggs died Wednesday at age 88...

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Auction House To Sell Titanic Collection

Next month marks the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic. A collection of more than 5,500 objects amassed during seven expeditions to the site is up for sale. Items range from binoculars and tea cups to a giant slab of the ship's hull. The collection has been appraised at $189 million. David Greene talks to Arlen Ettinger, president of Guernsey's, the auction house managing the sale.
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Vietnam Memorial Celebrates 30 Years Since Groundbreaking

Ground was broke on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial 30 years ago today, and America's relationship with the memorial for that controversial war has only deepened in the intervening decades.

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Shakespeare's Accent: How Did The Bard Really Sound?

"To be or not to be" may be the question, but there's another question that's been nagging Shakespeare scholars for a long time: What did Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet really sound like when The Bard's work was first performed more than four centuries ago?
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The Location: From Hell's Bottom To Murder Bay To Bloodfield

In the years following the Civil War, the District was so lawless that the city was full of unsavory-sounding neighborhoods, such as Hell's Bottom and Murder Bay.
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Women Once Again In Crossfire Of Culture Wars

In recent months, a swarm of controversies have erupted over issues of women's health — from the split in the Catholic church over employer coverage of contraceptives to the proposed ultrasound laws in Virginia and Texas to the uproar over funding for Planned Parenthood.

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