Bill Monroe a legend of bluegrass music, which has been played on porches and in homes for generations. He would have been 100 years old this year. On the anniversary of his birth, writer Jason Cherkis journeyed through Kentucky to see how the musical genre has continued to evolve. He chronicles his trip in this week's Washington Post Magazine. He speaks with Michel Martin.
Two years after the King of Pop died, his brother Jermaine Jackson has released the memoir You are Not Alone. It tells of the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson's childhood, career and struggles. Jermaine Jackson speaks with Michel Martin about his book and how his family has been coping.
In 2008, seven white teens killed an Ecuadorean immigrant who had lived in Patchogue, N.Y., for 13 years. The tragedy revealed a pattern of violence against Latinos in that town. The documentary Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness chronicles the community's grief and outrage.
The Cherokee Nation recently stripped citizenship from a majority of African-Americans who descended from slaves of wealthy Cherokee Indians before the Civil War. Host Michel Martin discusses this controversial move with MacArthur Fellow Tiya Miles, who studies interrelated histories of African-Americans and Native Americans.
An old Beatles performance contract set to be auctioned gives some new insight into the values of the Fab Four early in their career. The document is for a 1965 concert and states that the group "not be required to perform in front of a segregated audience." Host Audie Cornish has more.
With unemployment at 9.1 percent and the economy as the top issue of the 2012 presidential race, the president faces a tough fight for re-election. Still, he might find some encouragement in the history books. Host Audie Cornish chats with presidential historian Michael Beschloss about Obama's odds for re-election.
When she was 16, Ellaraino visited her great-grandmother, Silvia, for the first time. And Silvia had plenty of stories to tell. They were about being a teenager — and seeing the Civil War, and slavery, come to an end.
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