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Rawn James: The Integration of the U.S. Military

In his new book, The Double V, the author argues that to understand race in America one must understand the history of African-Americans in the military. While the turning point came between WWI and WWII, the struggle began with the American Revolution.

Inauguration Mashup: The Speech In 11 Easy Steps

Talk about new stuff, and gripe just a little: A handy video guide gives indispensable advice to inaugural speakers.

Mixed Pickle: The Sweet And Sour Legacy Of Dutch Trade

What do salt, ancient Jewish pickle carts, the sometimes brutal Indonesian spice trade and Vincent Van Gogh have in common? They brought life to Dutch cuisine, specifically, the Dutch pickle.

The Moment Race Mattered: A Haunting Childhood Memory

Bernard Holyfield was 5 years old when he learned that skin color made a big difference. He recalls an incident in the early 1960s in Alabama in which a drunken white man approached him and his brother while they were playing on their front lawn.
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David Von Drehle: "Rise to Greatness" (Rebroadcast)

The story of Abraham Lincoln's rise to greatness in 1862, America's most perilous year.

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Adam Makos: "A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story Of Combat And Chivalry In The War-Torn Skies Of World War II" (Rebroadcast)

In his new book, “A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II”, author Adam Makos describes the fateful wartime encounter, and how the two men found each other nearly 50 years later.

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The Rev. Martin Luther King: His Legacy

The legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and race in America today.

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Food Technology And How It Shaped The Western Palate

Kojo and a food historian look back at how food processors have influenced both our palates and our preference for what we eat, and find out how the industry is changing to meet modern taste and dietary demands.


American Revolution Reinvents Guerrilla Warfare

In the new book Invisible Armies, author Max Boot traces the role of guerrilla warfare through history, starting in the Roman Empire all the way up to Afghanistan. He tells Steve Inskeep the American Revolution was the turning point in guerrilla warfare.