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Big Honors For African-Americans' Small 'Firsts'

Steve Jobs and Amy Winehouse were among the stars who died in 2011, but what about the first African-American milk delivery man in Gary, Ind., or the first black meter reader for Baltimore Gas and Electric? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson says these stories show how far the U.S. has come. She recently wrote about this in The New York Times Magazine, and speaks with host Michel Martin.
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For Some Tribes, New Year's Foods Provide A Sacred Link To The Past

Native American tribes in Eastern Oregon recently marked kimtee inmewit, a ceremony that welcomes the sacred new foods of the new year. The tribes see these foods not just as nourishment, but as a connection to ancestors.
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The Changing Face Of America's Chinatowns

For centuries, people from China have immigrated to major cities in the United States. There, many formed their own neighborhoods known today as Chinatowns. But with China's economy booming and the U.S. economy faltering, these historic neighborhoods are seeing declining populations and new demographics.
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Black-Owned Beauty Shops Groom Political Activism

In her new book, Beauty Shop Politics, Professor Tiffany Gill looks at African-American women who owned beauty shops during decades before the civil rights movement. She speaks with host Michel Martin about how salons — then and now — have become centers for economic opportunity and political awareness.
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Wilson Museum Celebrates President's 155th Birthday

Wednesday marks the 155th birthday of President Woodrow Wilson, a native of Virginia, and in celebration, a museum dedicated to him is opening its doors to the public for no charge.

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D.C. Residents Push New Site For WWI Memorial

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Seeking to prevent the D.C. War Memorial from being co-opted into a national WWI memorial, residents are pushing for a new location in Pennsylvania.

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The Mount Pleasant Riots, Decades Later (Originally Broadcast 4/29/2011)

More than two decades ago, several days of rioting rocked the Latino community in D.C.'s Mount Pleasant neighborhood.
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Ten Sites Added To Virginia's Landmarks Registry

Virginia is adding ten sites to its landmarks registry, including the NASA-Langley Research Center and a home in Fauquier County.
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How A Thousand Points Of Light Lit The National Tree

Billions of brilliant lights sparkle on houses and trees around the nation as people celebrate the Christmas season. Those lights have also given American presidents reason to joyfully flip the switch on the national tree for nearly 90 years.

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