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13th-Century Food Fights Helped Fuel The Magna Carta

A greedy king who seized food was a key driver of the Magna Carta. That 13th-century document was a key inspiration for the American Revolution 500 years later. But at the time, the barons who negotiated the deal weren't concerned with the rights of starving peasants — these 1 percenters wanted to protect their own power and property.

Mayor Bartlett Addresses Tulsa's Racial Divide

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett has been attending the funerals of three African Americans killed in a shooting spree on Good Friday. The killings happened in the same city where the black community was assaulted by whites during the 1921 race riot. Bartlett tells Steve Inskeep his city has made a lot of progress since then.

How America 'Struck Back': Doolittle Raid Turns 70

Seventy years ago Wednesday, 80 Army Air Corps crewmen flew 16 B-25 bombers on a secret mission to Japan. The World War II attack became known as the Doolittle Raid, and this week, four of the five remaining Doolittle raiders will be gathering in Dayton, Ohio, to remember the mission.
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Wine, Weather and Wiles: The History and Culture of Local Wine

You've heard of eating local, but what about drinking local? We take a look at the ways weather, culture and history conspire to create wines unique to the area.

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Storify: Reactions To Shuttle Discovery's Arrival In D.C.

Residents of the D.C. area turned out in force Tuesday morning to witness the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery.


The Historic Howard Theatre: Past And Future

The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC was built in 1910, and just about every top black entertainer performed on its stage. But it had to shut its doors once the neighborhood fell on hard times. Now it has reopened, and host Michel Martin talks with Jimi Smooth, a musician who was an usher at the Howard in the early '60s.
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D.C. Emancipation Document On View In Capitol

D.C. Emancipation Day may be over, but visitors to the U.S. Capitol will continue to have the chance to look at a key document relating to the freeing of the slaves in the District.