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1:45 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Historians Look Back At The Midwest, America's 'Forgotten' Region

(Pete Zarria/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 1:33 pm

The Midwest has come to be synonymous with certain aspects of America’s cultural history. From waves of grain to hoedowns to Grant Wood’s classic pitchfork-toting couple in “American Gothic.”

A group of historians meeting this week in Grand Rapids, Mich., say that is only a part of the story. Compared to the intellectual Northeast, literary South and innovative West Coast, they say the Midwest is too often ignored – its rich landscape and cultural diversity left out of elementary school classrooms, while the Gold Rush and Liberty Bell get the spotlight.

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NPR Story
2:52 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Kountry Kitchen, Soul Food At The Doorstep Of Indianapolis History

The Kountry Kitchen in Indianapolis serves soul food. (Peter O'Dowd/WBUR)

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 8:19 am

Chicken wings, catfish, fried okra and corn bread are just some of the items on the menu at Kountry Kitchen, a popular soul food restaurant in Indianapolis.

The restaurant is just a block away from the historic site where, on a campaign stop when he was running for president, Robert F. Kennedy announced that Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot and killed.

Kountry Kitchen owner Isaac Wilson was there that night and says RFK’s speech helped keep calm in Indianapolis.

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This is NPR
9:26 am
Wed March 18, 2015

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay reveals his wish at TED2015

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:59 am

If you had one million dollars to fulfill a wish to change the world, what would you do? This is the question the winner of the annual TED Prize is asked to answer.

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World Views
3:36 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

World Views: March 6, 2015

Joshua Landis and Suzette Grillot discuss what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in Washington this week says about a possible shift in U.S./Middle East alliances. Many traditional U.S. allies are worried Washington might shift toward Iran and away from Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Later, Landis and Rebecca Cruise talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood. He compares this decade’s uprisings in the Arab World to what he calls an “Atlantic Spring” that started in 1776.

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Arts and Entertainment
2:42 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Rare Doubloon Wows Collectors At National Money Show

This rare Brasher Dubloon was minted in the United States in 1787. (Courtesy of American Numismatic Association)

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 2:00 pm

Rare coin enthusiasts are gathered in Portland, Oregon for the National Money Show, a celebration of rare coins and bills.

Over $100 million worth of coins are expected to be displayed by dealers and collectors alike, but attendees expect the focus of the event to be the fabled Brasher Doubloon.

Struck in 1787, the Brasher Doubloons were the first gold coins ever struck for the United States and the first coins ever valued at $10 million.

The doubloon will take center stage in a convention full of historical curiosities and wild manufacturing errors.

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World Views
10:17 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Revolutionary Lessons: Parallels Between America’s Independence And The Arab Spring

John Trumbull's famous painting of the Founders presenting the Declaration of Independence to the Second Continental Congress.
Library of Congress

Beginning in 2010, a wave of revolutions swept the Middle East, removing rulers and establishing new regimes. Although the Arab Spring took place more than two centuries after the American Revolution, they occurred in similar social and political contexts.

“Before [the Arab Spring] there was an Atlantic Spring that began actually in 1776,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood.

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World Views
12:50 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

World Views: October 3, 2014

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the so-called "Umbrella Revolution" protests in Hong Kong , and the closing arguments in the Bosnian war crimes trial of Radovan Karadžić in The Hague.

Later, a conversation with University of Waterloo political scientist Mariam Mufti. She studies electoral and party politics in South Asia, as well as democratization and regime change.

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World Views
11:24 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Understanding How Pakistan's 65-Year History Led To The Current 'Hybrid Regime'

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen reviews Pakistani troops during a ceremony honoring Mullen's arrival to Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 9, 2008.
Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy Wikimedia Commons

In 1947, the Indian subcontinent gained independence from the United Kingdom and split into three states: the Muslim majority countries of East and West Pakistan and the Hindu majority country of India.

“This is very important for us to understand,” says University of Waterloo professor Mariam Mufti. “Because subsequently all of Pakistan's actions on the international community have been driven by this foreign policy that was very India-centric.”

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2:08 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

WWI Poet's Diaries Now Online

Drawing of a soldier, entitled ‘The Soul of an Officer’. June-August 1916. (Credit: The Trustees of G. T. Sassoon Deceased / Cambridge University Library)

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 3:08 pm

As Britain marks the 100th anniversary of its entry into World War I, the notebooks of one of the country’s most famous war poets are being published for the first time.

Siegfried Sassoon served on the Western Front and he recorded his experiences in small diaries that are filled with sketches and anecdotes that express the horrors of World War I, the so-called Great War.

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2:47 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Book Gives Fly-On-The-Wall Access To Nixon Presidency

Republican president of the United States Richard Nixon thumbing up after announcing his resignation from the presidency after the Watergate scandal on August 9, 1974. (AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 3:37 pm

Forty years ago this week, Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal. Now, a new book gives insight into Richard Nixon, pre-Watergate.

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