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Handel: The Man, Mozart And 'Messiah'

Kojo explores the history behind George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," and finds out what makes it one of the most enduring, yet misunderstood, pieces of all time.

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A Historic Arrival: New York's Grand Central Turns 100

Born from a deadly underground train crash, Manhattan's historic transit hub is credited with inventing the ramp and bringing electricity to both train tracks and terminal. Author Sam Roberts marks its centennial in Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America.
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Stonewall? Explaining Obama's Historic Gay-Rights Reference

President Obama made history in his inaugural address when he mentioned Stonewall in the same breath as Selma, the Alabama town considered the birthplace of the black-rights movement, and Seneca Falls, the upstate New York site of the first women's-rights convention.
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The Real Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch argues that while we invoke Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name frequently, few understand the principles he championed or the history of race relations in America.

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In Myanmar, A Hunt For Fabled Cache Of Buried WWII Spitfires

A team of researchers hopes to verify a fantastic tale that British troops leaving Burma in 1945 buried dozens of Spitfire fighter planes around the country. For 16 years, an English farmer has hunted the aircraft. Now, he believes he is close to unearthing them — and, he hopes, restoring them to flying condition.
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'All We Know': Three Remarkable But Forgotten Lives

Just nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Lisa Cohen's biography All We Know: Three Lives follows the stories of three women of the early 20th century. "I wanted to write a book that wasn't just about one great person," Cohen says, "but about a kind of collectivity."
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Smithsonian To Renovate Arts And Industries Building

The Smithsonian Institution is planning to repair and reopen the 132-year-old Arts and Industries Building.

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Rawn James: The Integration of the U.S. Military

In his new book, The Double V, the author argues that to understand race in America one must understand the history of African-Americans in the military. While the turning point came between WWI and WWII, the struggle began with the American Revolution.
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Inauguration Mashup: The Speech In 11 Easy Steps

Talk about new stuff, and gripe just a little: A handy video guide gives indispensable advice to inaugural speakers.
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Mixed Pickle: The Sweet And Sour Legacy Of Dutch Trade

What do salt, ancient Jewish pickle carts, the sometimes brutal Indonesian spice trade and Vincent Van Gogh have in common? They brought life to Dutch cuisine, specifically, the Dutch pickle.

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