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Remembering William Gray: A Mentor To Many

Host Michel Martin pays tribute to former Congressman William Gray, who died Monday. He served as the first black majority whip in the House of Representatives and pushed Congress to stop American investment in South Africa during apartheid. He went on to serve as the long-time leader of the United Negro College Fund.
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Texas Democrats See Opportunity In Changing Demographics

For most of the 20th century, Democrats were the only game in town when it came to Texas politics. But that changed and Republicans have been in charge for decades. For Democrats to return to power, they'll have to hold together a coalition of minority voters.
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The Secret History Of The Word 'Cracker'

Where does the slur "cracker" come from, anyway? It turns out it's pretty old. Like, Shakespeare old.
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Nathaniel Philbrick: "Bunker Hill" (Rebroadcast)

Bunker Hill is among the best-known battles of the Revolutionary War. The role of ordinary citizens in the fight that changed the course of America's quest for independence.

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Elliott Holt: "You Are One Of Them"

Author Elliott Holt's debut novel is rooted in Cold War D.C. and post-Soviet Russia, but raises universal questions about trust and truth. Kojo asks Holt about the nature of truth, the Cold War's pop cultural legacy and the writing process.

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50 Years Later, Obama Follows Up Kennedy's Cape Town Speech

On Sunday night in Cape Town, South Africa, President Obama gave the keystone speech of his trip across the continent. The event was held at the University of Cape Town. Almost half a century ago, Robert F. Kennedy spoke to the people of Africa from the exact location.
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How One Woman Nearly Deciphered A Mysterious Script

For decades, no one could crack the code to a mysterious ancient script called Linear B. In her new book, Margalit Fox tells the story of the forgotten woman who almost figured it out.
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LOOKING BACK: RFK's 'Ripple Of Hope' Speech In South Africa

Speaking in Cape Town on Sunday, President Obama recalled what some say was Robert Kennedy's greatest speech — the senator's 1966 address at a South African university. Read that famous address and see video highlights.
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Mapping Technology Reveals New Details In Battle Of Gettysburg

A sophisticated mapping technology may have solved one of the mysteries surrounding one of the most famous Civil War battles.

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Love Lost Between Africa And President Obama?

President Obama continues his weeklong trip in Africa. Host Michel Martin speaks to Africa expert Howard French, of Columbia University, about the significance of the visit and whether Africa's love affair with President Obama is waning.

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