Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life

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A Guitar, A Cello and the Day that Changed Music

November 23, 1936 was a good day for recorded music. Two men – an ocean apart – sat before a …

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Banging on the Door: The Election of 1872

The 1872 election echoed the current American political climate in several ways. For one, the Republican Party was in danger …

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The Square Deal

In the early 20th century, George F. Johnson ran the biggest shoe factory in the world: The Endicott-Johnson Corporation in …

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The Massacre at Tlatelolco

In October 1968, Mexico was preparing to host the Olympics. It was a big moment for the country, as this …

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The Greatest Songwriter You’ve Never Heard Of

You probably don’t know her name, but you definitely know her songs. Rose Marie McCoy was the woman behind smash hits by Tina Turner, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and more – but most people have never heard of her.

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Identical Strangers

Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein met for the first time when they were 35 years old and found they were “identical strangers.”

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Burma ’88: Buried History

On August 8, 1988, university students in Burma sparked an uprising against the military dictatorship.

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Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed

50 yrs ago, Shirley Chisholm was the first woman of color in Congress. She too was told to “go back from where you came from.”

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Remembering Robben Island

Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada served more than 2 decades in prison alongside Nelson Mandela. Kathrada died this week, at the age of 87.

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The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski

In 1966, a young Marine took a reel-to-reel tape recorder with him into the Vietnam War.

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