History

RSS Feed
NPR

Nicolas Cage Returns Dinosaur Skull To Mongolia

Actor Nicolas Cage bought a dinosaur skull in 2007 for $276,000. Someone broke the law by removing the skull from Mongolia and that's how it ended up at the gallery where Cage got it.
NPR

From Raucous To Ritzy: A Brief History Of Christmas Tea

In some fancy hotels, Christmas tea has become a refined respite for harried shoppers. But the tradition's roots are much rowdier: efforts to fight public drunkenness.
NPR

'Son Of Saul' Captures The Holocaust Without The Melodrama

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with the lead actor Geza Rohrig from the harrowing new Holocaust film, Son of Saul.
NPR

'Sometimes Progress Is A Little Uncomfortable': President Obama On Identity Politics

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Obama spoke at length on the subject of identity. The question of who we are as Americans, Obama said, has been a focus since the country's founding.
NPR

That Time NPR Turned 'Star Wars' Into A Radio Drama — And It Actually Worked

In the 1980s, NPR looked to the film saga to help boost audience numbers. it bought the rights from George Lucas (for $1) and got the original Luke Skywalker. The result was an overwhelming success.
NPR

Bad Poetry, Great Booze: The Story Of The Hidden Bootlegger's Manual

The book's outside cover boasted poems by a disgraced writer. But inside was page after page of handwritten recipes for alcohol — the secretly preserved know-how of a Prohibition-era doctor.
NPR

As European Migrants Face British Backlash, A Reminder: They're Not The First

Before the Bulgarians, there were the Bengalis, the Irish, the Jews and even French Protestants. Each wave of newcomers was at first rejected — before they went on to transform London's long history.
NPR

Holiday Pop Quiz: Who Was The President ... ?

Deck the halls, stuff the stockings and sharpen your pencils. It's time for a holiday history exam.
NPR

New Orleans City Council To Vote On Removal Of 4 Confederate Monuments

New Orleans is a city filled with history. Parts of that history are under scrutiny as the city council debates removing some of its Civil War and confederate monuments.
NPR

'Legend' Chronicles Lives Of London's Identical Twin Gangsters

The new movie Legend stars Tom Hardy as both Ron and Reggie Kray, the legendary gangster twins who controlled East London in the 1960s.

Pages