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Tim Gallagher: "Imperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker Through the Wild Sierra Madre"

A naturalist tracks the Imperial woodpecker through Mexico: He describes his dangerous expeditions through the Sierra Madre mountains to save a rare bird.

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Smithsonian Welcomes Musical Greats For Jazz Appreciation Month

Several big names in the jazz world are in D.C. this week to donate artifacts to the Smithsonian, and engage in a few jam sessions as well.

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Nathaniel Philbrick: "Bunker Hill"

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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Meeting Florida's Seminoles Through Rediscovered Photos

In 1910, the Seminole Indians lived in the Florida Everglades, just 50 years after fighting a guerrilla war against the U.S. government. Recently discovered photos give a rare glimpse into the tribe's hidden past.
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The River Thames, A Not-So-Secret Treasure Trove

Frequently scavenged by "mudlarks" who roam its banks with metal detectors, the river has yielded Elizabethan coins, Roman statuettes and WWII munitions to those who are willing to dig. But not everyone approves of the mudlarks' method.
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The First Gun In America

Guns and America were born around the same time and grew up together. Columbus and other early explorers were probably the first Europeans to bring guns to the New World, archaeologists say. And the arquebus — a long-barreled, musket-like weapon — was most likely the first personal firearm on mainland America.
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Cat From Middle Ages Leaves Mark On History

A researcher of medieval history was studying a manuscript from 1445 in Croatia, and discovered paw prints. Apparently a scribe was working when the cat stepped in ink, and then stood with all four paws on the work in progress.
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Jada Pinkett Smith: Respect For Angela Davis' Turmoil ... And Hair

There's more to Angela Davis than her signature afro. A new documentary, Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners, explores the events that turned the philosophy professor into a political icon in the 1960s. Jada Pinkett Smith tells host Michel Martin why she became executive producer of the film.

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