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Founders Claimed A Subversive Right To 'Nature's God'

The U.S. was not founded as a Christian nation, says historian Matthew Stewart. He tells NPR's Arun Rath about his book Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic.
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D.C. Fort Was The Site Of Lincoln's Close Call

The Battle of Fort Stevens took place 150 years ago in Washington, D.C. It's mostly forgotten now, but it was a crucial battle for the Union, and President Lincoln was almost killed by enemy fire.
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Washington's Civil War Sesquicentennial

A free black woman gave up land she owned to build Fort Stevens, where D.C.'s only Civil War skirmish took place 150 years ago this week. We explore the battle President Lincoln came to watch.

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Civil War Reenactment To Commemorate 150th Anniversary Of D.C.'s Ft. Stevens

Fort Stevens is the only Civil War-era fort within the District to have seen battle, and this weekend historians, residents and Civil War buffs will be observing the 150th anniversary of the battle that could have spelled disaster for the nation's capital.
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In The High Drama Of Its 1964 Convention, GOP Hung A Right Turn

In advance of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Republican Convention, Robert Siegel speaks with The New York Times writer-at-large Sam Tanenhaus. They discuss the impact that the Civil Rights Act, passed earlier that year, had on the nomination of Barry Goldwater.
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Francis Scott Key: Lawyer, Layman, Tone-Deaf Lyricist?

Francis Scott Key wrote one of our nation's most widely-known tunes, but few Americans know his personal story.
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Key Civil War Generals The Subject Of New Smithsonian Exhibit

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery focuses on Civil War generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.
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"The People's Republic of Amnesia" by Louisa Lim

Though the Tiananmen Square protests resulted in hundreds, if not thousands of deaths, many have already forgotten what happened. Veteran journalist Louisa Lim joins Kojo to explore this rebellion against a repressive government, and a people's collective amnesia.

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Old Wounds & Oral History: The Aftermath of the Belfast Project

The "Belfast Project" collected oral histories from former combatants with a promise of confidentiality. Then British prosecutors forced Boston College to hand over tapes...

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Old Bay & the Chesapeake's Identity

It's one of the flavors that defines life in the Chesapeake region: Old Bay Seasoning, the blend of herbs and spices that's been made in Maryland for nearly a century. Kojo explores the link between spice and regional identity - and what Old Bay has contributed to the culinary DNA of the Chesapeake region.

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