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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.

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Inconsistencies Haunt Official Record Of JFK's Death

In the half century since President John F. Kennedy's assassination, conspiracy theories have persisted.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Bearing Witness To Nazis' Life-Shattering Kristallnacht

On Nov. 9, 1938, the Nazis burned down synagogues, destroyed Jewish businesses and arrested more than 26,000 Jews. Germans and Jews alike are still grappling with the legacy, 75 years later. Margot Friedlander is one survivor, who has returned to Berlin after decades of exile.
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Asian-American Lawyers Act Like '22 Lewd Chinese Women'

A cast of lawyers and a federal judge in New York City perform dramatic re-enactments of historic trials involving Asian-Americans. Their latest production, 22 Lewd Chinese Women, focuses on a 19th-century Supreme Court case with parallels to present-day immigration debates.
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Ivan Klima: "My Crazy Century"

Ivan Klima occupies a vaunted spot on the roster of great modern Czech writers. We sit down with Klima to explore his life, his literature and the lessons he’s learned.

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School Named For Former KKK Leader Reconsiders Its Legacy

Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fla., was named decades ago for a Confederate hero — who was also the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. More than 160,000 people have signed a petition urging a name change, but the current name has also drawn passionate support.

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