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Hanukkah History: Those Chocolate Coins Were Once Real Tips

Many Jewish families celebrate the holiday by handing out gelt, chocolate coins covered in gold and silver. These days they're treats for kids. But the practice began as a way to thank labor.
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Hanukkah's Real (And Imagined) History

Robert Siegel speaks with Simon Schama, author of The Story of the Jews, about the political history of Hanukkah.
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Please Touch! Cooper Hewitt Creates A Museum For The Internet Age

The design museum is housed in a historic building, but it has been remade into one of the country's most technologically advanced museums. Officials hope it attracts younger visitors — and donors.
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Local Viol Fans Stay Loyal, No Strings Attached

The New York Times may have called the viol a "failed invention," but local devotees of the 15th-century instrument beg to differ.

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Begun The Christmas Tree War Has

When it comes to Christmas trees — like just about everything else — America is split.
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WWII By The Books: The Pocket-Size Editions That Kept Soldiers Reading

In the 1940s, U.S. publishers printed paperbacks — everything from romances to Westerns — that were designed for battle. Molly Guptill Manning explores their history in When Books Went to War.
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6 Arrested For Looting Antiquities From Israel's 'Cave Of The Skulls'

Israeli authorities released a photo of a 2000-year-old lice comb that was captured along with the men, who are accused of stealing objects from the area where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
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50 Years Of Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'

Fifty years ago this week, John Coltrane and his band stepped into the studio to lay down the tracks on what would become his most important statement: "A Love Supreme." NPR's Arun Rath takes a look back at the album.
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In Troubled Times, Does 'The Black Church' Still Matter?

As the nation endures a season of racial tension, NPR's Michel Martin talks about the mission of the black church and whether it remains relevant in the social justice movement.
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Remembering Altamonte: The Rolling Stones Concert That Went Awry

On this day back in 1969, the Rolling Stones held a free concert in Altamont, Calif., that quickly descended into a near-riot state. The Hell's Angels provided security and one concert-goer ended up dead.

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