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Thanking Veterans And Remembering Their Sacrifices

Americans are marking Veterans Day in a variety of ways Monday, from public ceremonies to proud notes on social media and quiet remembrances in homes and offices.

Forget The 50 States, U.S. Is Really 11 Nations, Says Author

Author Colin Woodard says it's better to think of the U.S. as 11 distinct nations, instead of 50 states. He tells guest host Celeste Headlee how those nations came about, and why they play a role in everything from gun control to tax policy.

Doolittle Raiders Offer Final Toast To 71-Year-Old Mission

On April 18, 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, 80 men took off from an aircraft carrier on a secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by Lt. Col. James "Jimmy" Doolittle, the men became known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. On Saturday, three of the four remaining Raiders met for what is probably the last time.

In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation

The 1,400-work exhibition gave many Americans their first look at what avant-garde artists in Europe were up to. It was the biggest art show New York had ever seen and challenged ideas about artistic "progress."
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Walmart Donates Wilderness Battlefield Land To Virginia

Corporate giant Walmart has turned what was once a heated political battle into a savvy public relations move, donating land once slated for a superstore to the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Inconsistencies Haunt Official Record Of JFK's Death

In the half century since President John F. Kennedy's assassination, conspiracy theories have persisted.

Inconsistencies Haunt Official Record Of Kennedy's Death

Some three decades after the Warren Commission's report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a board was established that declassified thousands of documents. Congress hoped it would clear up lingering conspiracy theories, but it didn't.

Nazi Hunter Dedicates Career To Pursuing Justice

Eli Rosenbaum has spent much of his career at the Department of Justice, identifying and deporting Nazi war criminals. He tells NPR's Rachel Martin about the first time he became aware of the Nazis, the sense of duty he feels to pursue justice for the victims, and the surreal experience of questioning suspects about atrocities committed decades ago.

Mallomars: The Cookie Everyone Likes To Hoard

The mystique of Mallomars dates back to iceboxes and seasonal scarcity. Despite advances in modern refrigeration, people still stock up on the s'more-like cookies to tide them through the summer.

75 Years Ago, Kristallnacht Presaged The Holocaust

It was once impossible to imagine Germany without Jews. You only have to look at the Yiddish language to have a sense how richly the Jewish experience was integrated in the cultural life of Germany. That ended in the most vicious and heinous manner, 75 years ago Saturday, in what became known as Kristallnacht — "The Night of Broken Glass." The broken glass was from Jewish homes and buildings, and came to symbolize shattered Jewish lives. Some also consider it the start of the Holocaust. Back in 1988, NPR reporter Ketzel Levine pulled together some of the sounds of that period. This is an excerpt from that story.