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'Train to Crystal City' Tells A Secret Story Of WWII Internments

A World War II program traded German and Italian Americans for Americans who were trapped abroad. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Jan Jarboe Russell.
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Illustrated Memoir Recalls Marching In Selma At Just 15

Lynda Blackmon Lowery was still a child when she joined the legendary 1965 march. Now she's written a book for young readers about the experience, called Turning 15 On The Road To Freedom.
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Do You Harp A Slib Of The Ling? One Small Town's Opaque Language

Tiny Boonville, Calif., is known for a few things. Its wineries, its tight-knit community, and its very own language. Boontling was created in the late 1800s as a way to gossip covertly.
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Hawaii As 'Racial Paradise'? Bid For Obama Library Invokes A Complex Past

Professor Ellen Wu writes about how the mythology — and the history — of Hawaii as a multicultural melting pot may affect its chances of hosting the Obama Presidential Library.
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Virginia House Of Delegates Breaks Out Ceremonial Mace

The Virginia House of Delegates gaveled into session Wednesday, offering an opportunity for the state's ceremonial mace to get some time to shine.

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Far From North Africa, Berbers In The U.S. Ring In A New Year

For the indigenous people of Northern Africa, Jan. 14 is a day to celebrate their culture and religion. It reminds Berbers living in the U.S. of the struggle to preserve their identity far from home.
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The Story Behind '40 Acres And A Mule'

As the Civil War was winding down 150 years ago, Union leaders asked their men how they could help the thousands of newly freed slaves.
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A Half-Century Of Battles For The Biggest Rock Walls

As two climbers attempt Yosemite's most daunting cliff face, documentarian Nick Rosen, co-writer and co-director of Valley Uprising, explains the park's history of climbs and culture clashes.
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'Selma' Backlash Misses The Point

Historian Peniel Joseph says Selma is the first major film about civil rights history that properly honors the contributions of the movement's African-American foot soldiers.
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In Spain, A Kingly Ring With A Hidden Surprise Wraps Up The Holidays

The roscón is a ring-shaped, citrus-infused brioche ubiquitous on Spanish tables on Three Kings Day, Jan. 6. It comes with an ancient pedigree and a trinket inside that will bring luck to the finder.

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