History

Building a Dream

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 1:39 p.m.

It will be the Smithsonian Institution's 19th museum and the final one built on the National Mall. The National Museum of African American History and Culture breaks ground this week.

What happened to the US National Slavery Museum?

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

After a flurry of early activity plans for a museum dedicated to the history of slavery have fallen fallow. We try to find out whether the US Museum of Slavery will ever be a reality.

Midnight Rising: A New Look at John Brown

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Harpers Ferry is only a few hours away; great for a hike or trip. But its more than that. It's arguably the location where the Civil War started, two years earlier than most people think...

An End to Black History Month?

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Some say this celebration of history is really a segregation of history. Others say devoting a month to the often-overlooked role of African Americans in our country's history is more necessary than ever. What do you say?

Humankind's Most Peaceful Era? (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Steven Pinker's latest book, "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined" (Viking) chronicles a drop in violence across millennia. Despite what you read in the paper or hear on the evening news, we may be living in the most peaceful era man has ever known.

Fortune's Bones

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012 at 12:27 p.m.

A human skeleton displayed in a Connecticut museum piqued curiosity and sparked speculation for years. In 1996 historians began to unlock the mysteries held in the bones, finding they belonged to a slave named Fortune, and were to use as a...

A Local Music History Lesson: The Fugazi Live Series

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Ian MacKaye, founding member of the D.C. band Fugazi, joins Kojo to talk about a new online archive of hundreds of the group's performances.

Whiskey: A Primer

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

Not sure what the difference between whiskey and rye or bourbon and Scotch is? We learn about all the different kinds of whiskey, and how they're enjoyed.

A Political and Culinary History of Thanksgiving

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.

We explore the evolution of Thanksgiving across American cultural and culinary history.

Washington's Jewish Community & The Civil War

Monday, Oct 24, 2011 at 12:25 p.m.

A surprising number of Jews participated in the Civil War on both sides, as cabinet members, spies, and foot soldiers. We explore some of the colorful personalities and dramatic stories of the time.

Why U.S.Troops Are Heading to Uganda...

Monday, Oct 17, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

On Friday, President Obama announced plans to send 100 soldiers to Uganda to help fight an insurgent army that has terrorized the Central African region for two decades. The White House insists the mission is narrowly focused, but critics...

Humankind's Most Peaceful Era?

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

Steven Pinker's latest book, "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined" (Viking) chronicles a drop in violence across millennia. Despite what you read in the paper or hear on the evening news, we may be living in the most peaceful era man has ever known.

Bonds of Slavery and "Songs of Slaves in the Desert"

Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at 1:32 p.m.

Known to many NPR listeners for his reviews of books, Alan Cheuse is also a prolific author. We talk to him about his latest novel "Songs of Slaves in the Desert: A Novel of Slavery and the Southern Wild".

Men Who Changed Their Times

Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

The past 24 hours brought news of the deaths of three men whose individual accomplishments have left a great legacy on us all. Kojo takes a moment to recall the life and impact of civil rights legend Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Apple founder...

Architecture & Security: The Legacy of 9/11 on Government Buildings

Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

In the ten years since September 11th, 2001, security imperatives have transformed Washington's built environment...

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