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Tuskegee Airman, Martin Luther King Jr. Bodyguard Dies at 93

Dabney Montgomery served as a ground crewman with the Tuskegee Airman in Italy in World War II. He joined the civil rights movement when he came home and protected King during the march from Selma.
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What's In That Coffee Cabinet? A Delicious Taste Of Rhode Island History

The ice cream beverage with the quirky name is a Rhode Island staple. It's just coffee syrup, ice cream and milk. Despite its popularity, the origins of the drink – and its name – remain a mystery.
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Two Views On The Jim Crow South And Its Legacy Today (Rebroadcast)

Two perspectives on life in the Jim Crow South: how white children learned to believe that black Americans were inferior and the crushing conditions that motivated millions of African Americans to move from the South in search of a better life.

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PHOTOS: Model London Set Afloat, Then Aflame, To Remember Great Fire

In 1666, The Great Fire of London destroyed more than 13,000 homes. The 350th anniversary of the inferno was marked with pyrotechnics galore — including a floating, burning replica of old London.
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In New Memoir, Alberto Gonzales Defends 'War On Terror' Tactics

In his memoir True Faith and Allegiance, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales defends the legacy of the Bush administration ahead of the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11.
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How Did The National Anthem Get To Be A Mainstay Of Sports In The First Place?

How did the national anthem become a hallmark of sporting events and when did athletes start using it as an opportunity for protest?
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Mother Teresa Becomes A Saint As Pope Francis Performs Canonization Ceremony

She's long been considered a model of selflessness by many, for a lifetime of service to the world's most impoverished. Sunday's canonization marks a highlight for the pope's Jubilee Year of Mercy.
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Better Sit Down For This One: An Exciting Book About The History Of Chairs

OK, fine ... this new chair anthology might not keep you on the edge of your seat, but it does reveal some very interesting ideas about trends in design, culture and social values.
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Why Is Calcutta Now Kolkata? What Other Names In India Are Changing?

With Mother Teresa in the headlines, so is the name of the city where she lived for decades. But is it ... Calcutta? Or Kolkata? And what's the difference?
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When It Comes To Colleges Addressing Slavery, 'The Bar Is Pretty Low,' Historian Says

Georgetown University has taken significant step toward making amends for its historical relationship with slavery. WAMU spoke with historian Craig Steven Wilder — author of the book "Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities" — about why he's cautiously optimistic about their efforts.

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