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Howard Theatre Officially Reopens

City officials will cut the ribbon today on the renovated Howard Theatre, a recently renovated historic landmark that had previously been empty for more than three decades.

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Exposing Indonesia's Cold War Communist Purge

The wall of silence in Indonesia surrounding one of the 20th century's worst atrocities is beginning to fall apart. A forthcoming report estimates that in the mid-1960s, the Indonesian military killed up to 1 million suspected communists, and places blame squarely on former military dictator Suharto.
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Veteran Newsman Mike Wallace Of '60 Minutes' Dies

No question was too pointed during Mike Wallace's storied and notorious television career. The ambush interview. The gotcha. That trademark inflection conveying disbelief. Was there ever a more entertaining American television interviewer than Wallace? He died Saturday at 93.
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A Brief History Of The Mobile Phone

Early on, experts predicted about a million Americans would have cell phones by the turn of century. They were wrong. The actual number was more than 100 times that estimate. NPR's Wendy Kaufman explores the history of the mobile phone.
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Lust, Lies And Empire: The Fishy Tale Behind Eating Fish On Friday

A long-standing myth holds that Catholics eat fish on Fridays because of a secret pact a medieval pope made to sell more fish. That's just a fish tale. The real story behind fish Fridays is much better.
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How Homo Sapiens Became 'Masters Of The Planet'

The first Homo sapiens appeared on the planet some 200,000 years ago. But even though they looked fully human, they didn't act fully human until they began creating symbolic art, some 100,000 years later. Paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall discusses those human origins in his book Masters of the Planet.
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Michael Rosen: "Dignity: Its History and Meaning" (Rebroadcast)

Dignity plays a central role in current thinking about law and human rights, but there is sharp disagreement about its meaning. Diane and her guest discuss modern conceptions of dignity.

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Clothing Size Conundrum

Find clothing size variations frustrating? It's not you - it's the clothes.

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Debt Struggles As Old As America Itself

Bitter debates about the national debt date back to the earliest days of the Republic, economist Simon Johnson says. Back then, the nation's failure to borrow was the problem. In White House Burning, Johnson and co-author James Kwack explore the meaning of the national debt and prospects for managing it.

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