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Navajo Code: Powerful As Any Weapon In WWII?

During World War II, the U.S. military enlisted Navajo Indians who used their native language to devise a clandestine, unbreakable code. Host Michel Martin speaks to Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo 'code talkers,' and Judith Schiess Avila, co-author of Nez' autobiography.
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The Hidden World Of Underground London

An entire world lies beneath the streets of London, from Roman amphitheaters to infamous gang hideouts to the modern day Tube. Guy Raz talks with writer Peter Ackroyd about his new book on this hidden world.
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Reviving The 'Motown Of Cleveland'

The Boddie Record Company, founded by Louise Boddie and her husband was one of the first African-American owned record companies in Cleveland, Ohio. It had been relatively obscure until record collector Dante Carfagna and the Numero Group assembled a box set of the Boddie recordings. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with Carfagna and Louise Boddie.
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Collecting Oral Histories Of Jim Crow

Decades ago, Duke University students and professors did more than 1,000 interviews with African-Americans who lived through the Jim Crow era. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with two professors involved with the project. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)
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Tax Day Ceremony: An Age-Old Tradition

Despite outside influences and a struggle to maintain their heritage, Native American tribes continue to honor an age-old tradition.

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The Evolution Of The Thanksgiving Turkey

Turkeys like the one pardoned Wednesday by President Obama scarcely resemble the birds that the pilgrims brought with them on their voyage to North America centuries ago.

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Small Book, Big Story: Bronte Manuscript Discovered

The Bronte siblings created elaborate fantasy worlds. A recently discovered childhood manuscript by Charlotte Bronte reveals how vividly the worlds were imagined — and may provide clues to the later work.
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A Broken Record, And Other Sounds Kids Don't Know

Phones today beep and buzz. MP3s don't scratch. Noises that were once familiar, such as the clacking of manual typewriter keys or the ding of the gas station driveway bell, have all but vanished. Kara Kovalchik of MentalFloss.com shares these and other sounds your kids have probably never heard.
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Oyster Ice Cream: A Thanksgiving Tradition Mark Twain Could Get Behind

Oyster ice cream may be more traditional fare than many of the dishes we serve for Thanksgiving, says chef José Andrés. He's showcasing American food history in his collaboration with the National Archives. But modern diners can appreciate this briny treat, too.

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