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World Leaders Mark 70 Years Since The Day That Saved The World

In Normandy, France, President Obama is among the world leaders taking part in ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Mississippi Marks 50 Years Since History-Changing 'Freedom Summer'

After decades of trying to ignore the turbulent summer of 1964, when a campaign to register black voters was met with violent resistance, Mississippi is now embracing its history.

'Guns Kept People Alive' During The Civil Rights Movement

In his book, This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, former activist Charles Cobb Jr. says weapons kept people and communities safe during that era.
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How An Explosion On The Potomac 170 Years Ago Changed The Course Of History

In 1844, Washingtonians came together in mourning after a disastrous incident onboard the USS Princeton, sailing in the Potomac.


Chester Nez, Last Of Navajo Code Talkers, Dies At 93

Chester Nez of Albuquerque, N.M., was among 29 tribal members who developed an unbreakable code that helped win World War II. He was 93 and the last of the original U.S. Marine Code Talkers.

In Ireland, A Macabre Discovery At Old Home For Unwed Mothers

The bodies of almost 800 children were discovered in an unmarked septic tank. The facility was run by nuns from 1925-1961.
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Proof: The Science of Booze

Kojo explores the finicky world of booze making and the science behind our favorite cocktails.


'Harvest Of Shame': Farm Workers Struggle With Poverty 50 Years On

The documentary Harvest of Shame was revolutionary in its raw portrayal of poverty amongst migrant farm workers. NPR's Elizabeth Blair discusses the film's legacy and the state of migrant work today.

If D-Day Failed, Eisenhower Was Ready To Take The Blame

As the 70th anniversary of D-Day approaches NPR's Scott Simon talks to presidential historian Michael Beschloss about the letter Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote, just in case the operation failed.

In Confronting Poverty, 'Harvest Of Shame' Reaped Praise And Criticism

The 1960 documentary examined the plight of America's migrant farmworkers. It was praised as groundbreaking, but others called it an "exaggerated portrait" and even some migrants took issue with it.