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Operation Tiger: D-Day's Disastrous Rehearsal

Before there could be D-Day, there had to be a rehearsal. On April 28, 1944, 30,000 American troops stormed the beaches of Slapton Sands in south England — and it was a complete fiasco.
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Library Of Virginia Preserves Jefferson's Work

Through a grant from the National Park Service, the Library of Virginia is working to preserve the executive records from Thomas Jefferson's service as governor.

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Korean Store Owner On Arming Himself For Riots

The Los Angeles riots stunned the nation in 1992, claiming more than 50 lives in that city. As the unrest approached Koreatown, store owner Kee Whan Ha mobilized his fellow business owners to arm themselves and defend their property. Host Michel Martin talks with him about the riots, and the neighborhood today.
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Rodney King: 'Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right'

The beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers sparked the chain of events that led to the deadly L.A. riots 20 years ago this weekend. Host Michel Martin speaks with Rodney King about his memories of the riots, the beating, and his new book, The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption.
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Robert Caro: The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro has spent nearly four decades researching and writing about President Lyndon Johnson. His fourth book on the LBJ, "The Passage of Power," follows Johnson from 1958 to 1964. Lyndon Johnson was...

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Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor"

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

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Fashion, Image and Influence with Robin Givhan

Fashion critic Robin Givhan and Kojo talk about fashion's gender divide, status as art, and competitive dressing.

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Tracing The Divides In The War 'To End All Wars'

Historian Adam Hochschild traces the patriotic fervor that catapulted Great Britain into war during the summer of 1914 — as well as the small, but determined British pacifist movement — in his historical narrative To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.
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Stone Age Mediterranean Farmer ISO Hungry Nordic Hunter-Gatherer?

What was a farmer with Mediterranean roots doing in Sweden 5,000 years ago? Bringing farming north to the hunter-gatherers, according to new DNA research.

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