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On 150th Anniversary Of The End Of The Civil War, The South Surrenders Again

Thousands gathered at the Appomattox Courthouse in Augusta County, Virginia, to witness a reenactment of Robert E. Lee's surrender to

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 9, 2015

You can see what’s new in Spanish cinema or see a musical tribute to the Civil War.

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Fight Over Barry Farm Highlights Fears About Public Housing Redevelopment

The District is planning to redevelop Barry Farm, transforming the 432 run-down townhouses into 1,400 mixed-income units with 50,000 square feet of retail. But residents worry they won't be able to return.


In Korea, Spam Isn't Junk Meat — It's A Treat

It's a gelatinous slab of pork, salt and starch — and in fancy packaging, it's a popular holiday gift. So how did South Korea become the world's No. 2 Spam consumer? Blame it on the war.

April Marks The Centennial Of Armenian Genocide

Some countries, including the U.S., have yet to fully and formally recognize the event. Steve Inskeep revisits history with Eugene Rogan, author of The Fall of the Ottomans.

Tea Tuesdays: How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

When tea met sugar, they formed a power couple that altered the course of history. It was a marriage shaped by fashion, health fads and global economics. And it doomed millions of Africans to slavery.

When Wearing Shorts Was Taboo

In certain places in American history, showing a little leg has been illegal — for men and women.

Explosive Protests: U.S. Bombings During 'Days Of Rage'

In the '70s, bombings by American protesters were regular occurrences. Bryan Burrough's new book tracks down the underground radicals behind such attacks — which he calls "exploding press releases."

When Corporations Take The Lead On Social Change

Some big names in business pushed back this week against "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and Arkansas. In 1964, it was Coca-Cola pushing Atlanta's white elites to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Cambridge University Unearths Medieval Hospital Cemetery

Cambridge University has unearthed one of Britain's largest medieval hospital cemeteries, containing more than 1,000 human remains. NPR's Audie Cornish and Melissa Block talked to the leader of the dig, Craig Cessford, about the new findings.