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'Fug You': The Wild Life Of Ed Sanders

Ed Sanders co-founded the legendary avant-rock band The Fugs, and went on to be an important member of the Youth International Party — the Yippies. He's also a classical scholar who's written a new memoir of life on New York's Lower East Side in the 1960s.
Did the pope really make a secret pact to sell more fish? No, but the real story of eating fish on Fridays is much more fantastical.

Lust, Lies And Empire: The Fishy Tale Behind Eating Fish on Friday

A longstanding myth holds that the reason why Catholics eat fish on Fridays stems from a secret pact a medieval pope made to sell more fish. That's just a fish tale. But the real story behind fish Fridays is much better.

How Teddy Saved Football

NPR's Tom Goldman explains how President Teddy Roosevelt stepped in to change football.

If You Don't Know The Name Horst Faas, Look At This

You don't have to know anything about him to be stirred by the power of his photos.

The Visual South, Part IV: Getting Lost In Mississippi

For communities in western Mississippi, the history is rich, the times are tough, and life goes on.

How Swiss Guards And Sacred Geese Saved Rome

It was 485 years ago today that Rome, the Eternal City, was sacked by the army of Charles V.

Churchill Downs Supervisor Beginning His Last Lap

On Saturday, Butch Lehr will end his 30-year career spent carefully tending the one-mile oval track.

A Museum Teaches Tolerance Through Jim Crow

The new Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia is using the ugliness of racism to teach acceptance.

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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, thirty thousand American troops stormed the beaches of Slapton Sands in south England — and it was a complete fiasco. - READ MORE

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. - READ MORE

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. - READ MORE

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. - READ MORE

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. - READ MORE

Discovery Sparks Interest In Forgotten Black Scholar

Three years ago, a Chicago man found historic documents in an abandoned house and took them to a rare books dealer. The papers and books belonged to Richard T. Greener, a 19th century black intellectual, who was the first African-American to graduate from Harvard University. - READ MORE

The Artful Reinvention Of Klansman Asa Earl Carter

Since its first publication in 1976, The Education of Little Tree has sold more than one million copies. But the book and its author are not what they seem. That's because before Forrest Carter became a Cherokee novelist, he was Asa Earl Carter, a Ku Klux Klan organizer and segregationist. - READ MORE

The St. Cuthbert Gospel: Looking Pretty Good At 1300

The St. Cuthbert Gospel was buried alongside its titular saint sometime in the late 7th century, making it Europe's oldest surviving book. After a massive fundraising campaign, the British Library has acquired the book, which is in surprisingly good condition. - READ MORE

A Century Of Joy And Heartbreak At Fenway Park

The nation's oldest ball park is turning 100. Boston's Fenway Park has been home to the Red Sox through some of baseball's greatest highs and most heartbreaking lows. It may be an act of the baseball gods that the park narrowly escaped the fate of similar old stadiums that were torn down. - READ MORE

13th-Century Food Fights Helped Fuel The Magna Carta

A greedy king who seized food was a key driver of the 13th-century Magna Carta. But the barons who drafted it were more concerned about corruption and free trade than they were about feeding starving peasants. - READ MORE