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Becoming George Washington: The Virginia Farm Where The First President Grew Up

Most people have heard of Mount Vernon, but archaeologists are hard at work at another Virginia site where the nation's first president spent much of his childhood.

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Billionaire's Research Team Discovers Japanese World War II Battleship

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says his team found the wreckage of the Mushashi in the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines. The vessel was sunk during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944.
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Inside The Creation Of The Smithsonian's African American Museum

We get the latest on construction of the last new museum on the National Mall: the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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Failed Keystone Veto Override Marks Another Win For Veto Pen

Since the beginning of the republic, regular presidential vetoes have been overridden only 7 percent of the time, and that percentage falls to 4 percent if you include the sneakier "pocket veto."
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Marion, Ala., Remembers Death That Sparked 1965 Selma Marches

The Selma-to-Montgomery marches might not have happened if not for the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson a few weeks before in Marion, Ala. NPR returned to Marion as people remembered Jackson and how his death was a catalyst for many other civil rights events in 1965.
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The Secret History Of Knock-Knock Jokes

The complicated story behind the simple, repetitive wordplay jest.
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Before Rosa Parks, A Teenager Defied Segregation On An Alabama Bus

Claudette Colvin was a 15-year-old student from Montgomery, Ala., when she refused to yield her bus seat to a white passenger. But she has been largely forgotten in civil rights history.
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Ben Franklin's Famous 'Liberty, Safety' Quote Lost Its Context In 21st Century

He once said: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." That quote often comes up in the context of new technology.
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The Man Behind The Speech: Judge Carlton Reeves Takes On Mississippi's Past

Judge Carlton Reeves went from cleaning a judge's office to confronting Mississippi's past from the bench.
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50 Years Ago, Selma's Bloody Sunday Sparked Voting Rights Act

In 1965, peaceful marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Selma has become a rallying cry for equal rights around the world.

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