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Recalling Previous Popes Who Have Resigned

Pope Benedict XVI is the first pope to resign in 600 years. Linda Wertheimer looks back on some of the popes who have resigned with Kean University Professor Christopher Bellitto.
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1963 Emancipation Proclamation Party Lacked A Key Guest

The Kennedy administration commemorated the Emancipation Proclamation with a reception for a virtual who's who of black Americans. However, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stayed away.
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The History Lessons Obama Hopes We'll Learn

Presidents use references to great events as a way of acknowledging that what unites Americans is not ethnicity or even language but ideas and a shared past. President Obama cited historical moments in his inaugural; look for similar touchstones at the State of the Union address.
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Coast Guard Begins Probe Into Tall Ship's Fatal Sinking

The inquiry is aimed at finding out what went wrong and why the captain of the HMS Bounty chose to go to sea despite warnings about Hurricane Sandy.
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Meet The Calas, A New Orleans Tradition That Helped Free Slaves

A path to freedom for enslaved blacks, an engine of economic independence, a treat for Mardi Gras revelers. Once you know the fascinating history of this Creole rice fritter, beignets will seem boring by comparison.
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Black History Month: From Segregation To Space

Tell Me More is celebrating Black History Month by speaking with African-Americans who've excelled in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. Former astronaut and current NASA administrator, Charles F. Bolden, shares stories of his remarkable journey from segregated South Carolina, to the U.S. Naval Academy, to space.
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West's Allure Dulls Monkhood's Luster For Some Buddhists

Since the Dalai Lama's exile from Tibet in 1958, reincarnated high lamas have been born in, or exposed to, the West at an increasing rate. Journalist Tim McGirk wrote about the effects of that exposure in this month's issue of The Believer.

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