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Remembering Apollo 13, NASA's Most Famous 'Successful Failure'

Space travel is never routine or easy and the Apollo 13 mission to the moon proved that point. An explosion aboard the spacecraft 55 hours after liftoff forever changed NASA.
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Remembering The Lone Civilian Death — A Slave — At Appomattox Court House

The lone civilian who died at the Battle of Appomattox Court House will be remembered Saturday at the site of the Civil War battle in Virginia.


Defeating Polio, The Disease That Paralyzed America

On April 12, 2015, the world will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jonas Salk's vaccine that helped defeat a contagious, crippling virus.

Meet The 'Capital Dames,' Civil War Washington's Secret Power Brokers

In her new book, Cokie Roberts explains how women like Mary Todd Lincoln and Jessie Benton Fremont influenced Washington's men of power when they weren't even allowed to vote.


'Grand Illusion' Exhibit Lifts Curtain On The Secrets Of Setting The Stage

An exhibit at the Library of Congress is devoted to the art of theatrical design. Drawings, sketches, watercolors, posters and scale models reveal how magic and spectacle are achieved before our eyes.
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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.