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Marches On Washington Still Making A Difference?

Thousands are expected to attend Rev. Al Sharpton's march for jobs and justice Saturday on the National Mall. The rally is scheduled a day before the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The nation's capital has been historically commonplace for hosting marches that express views ranging from women's equality to anti-war and animal rights. Michel Martin explores the history and the impact of marches on Washington with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and University of Pennsylvania History Professor Mary Frances Berry.
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'Catch-22': A Paradox Turns 50 And Still Rings True

Joseph Heller's depictions of war turned America's idea of heroism on its head. The irreverent 1961 novel was based on Heller's own experiences in World War II, but it was the anti-authoritarian generation of the Vietnam era that embraced Catch-22 as its own.
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World's Oldest Running Car Sells For $4.5 Million

In 1887, the French-made motor car La Marquise was in the first automobile race. It is still running. The car got a standing ovation when it was driven onstage at a recent auction, and a winning bid of more than $4.5 million.
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Clarence Thomas' Influence On The Supreme Court

Twenty years ago, Justice Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court by the narrowest margin in 100 years. He's the most conservative justice since the 1930s, and, in his passion for his own version of "original intent," he's willing to reverse whole lines of previous rulings. He's an enigmatic figure — silent at oral arguments, beloved by his law clerks and court employees. Most analysts say that his extreme views limit his influence on the court, except to set markers for where a future court could go. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.
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Northern Virginia Battlefield Added To Historic Registry

A major Civil War-related site in Northern Virginia has been added to the state's register of historic places, along with a general store in Fairfax County and a firehouse in Roanoke, Va.

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Think You Know The Real Christopher Columbus?

Columbus Day is a national holiday, celebrated with parades and songs. While most Americans know that Columbus sailed the ocean blue, many of the facts surrounding the voyage remain misunderstood. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with historian William Fowler to set the record straight on some of the popular myths surrounding Christopher Columbus and his voyage.
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How Many Gills In A Cubic Dekameter?

It's time to celebrate millimeters, kilograms, liters and hectares! it's National Metric Week, and the U.S. stands almost alone in its lack of affection for the Système international d'unités. Serious repercussions have resulted; just ask NASA about their Mars Orbiter.

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