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Monday, March 23, 2015 | 11:00 AM
W.C. Handy of New York was back on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn. on May 14, 1936 where his blues began. The composer of "St. Louis Blues" and "Memphis Blues" visited the bar at "P-Wee's" and the street's Church Park to play with the children. (AP)

Walkin’ in Memphis. We’ll look at the history of Beale Street and how the Memphis Sound came to be.

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Monday, March 9, 2015 | 11:00 AM
A file photo image of  Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai on Saturday, 13th December 2014. (AP)

Following the clues to find the lost city of Atlantis. It’s a real life Indiana Jones adventure. Plus: a skeletal new link in the human evolution chain.

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Monday, February 9, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Visitors picture, from the left, models representing Flores, Homo Sapiens and Neanderthal women stand in the "Musee des Confluences", a new science and anthropology museum in Lyon, central France, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP)

A new history of us –Homo Sapiens — and why fiction – stories – let us rule the world.

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Monday, January 26, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Frederick Daniel Hardy's "Baby's Birthday" (1867) shows a typical Victorian English family at home.  (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

Brush your teeth with soot, stay away from water, wear a steel corset. We’ll talk with the author of “How to be a Victorian.” Strange ways from another age.

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Friday, November 21, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Laura Ingalls Wilder, an American  writer and novelist, at age 27. Her "Little House" series is a beloved semi-autobiographical take on her childhood in the Western American plains. (South Dakota State Historical Society )

A big new look at the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the woman behind the Little House.

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Monday, May 26, 2014 | 10:00 AM
In this Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 photo author Doris Kearns Goodwin stands near a bookshelf for a portrait at her home in Concord, Mass. Goodwin's latest book,"The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism," was released on Nov. 5. (AP)

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on protest, reform, Teddy Roosevelt and America then and now.

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Friday, February 14, 2014 | 11:00 AM
"Capture of the Pirate, Blackbeard, 1718" depicting the battle between Blackbeard the Pirate and Lieutenant Maynard in Ocracoke Bay. (Jean Leon Gerome Ferris / Creative Commons)

On Valentine’s Day, we’re talking booty —pirate booty—and the last days of the world’s most notorious pirate, Blackbeard.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014 | 11:00 AM
A tourist walks in front of the ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis hill Athens, on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. (AP)

We go back to the future with a new look at the Parthenon of Ancient Greece, Athens, and the foundations of democracy.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) addresses his slave, Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o) as Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) looks on in the 2013 film, "12 Years A Slave." (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

From “Gone With the Wind” to “Django Unchained” to “Twelve Years a Slave,” we’ll look at the evolving depiction of slavery in American film.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | 10:00 AM
President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1961. (AP)

“Ask not what your country can do for you” said John F. Kennedy, 50 years ago. We look back at the message of JFK’s inaugural, with Chris Matthews, David Brooks, and biographer Thurston Clarke.

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Apr 28, 2015
Baltimore police officers push back demonstrators who are throwing rocks at the police, after the funeral of Freddie Gray, on Monday, April 27, 2015, at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore.  (AP)

State of Emergency in Baltimore. We’re turning to Baltimore voices on the uproar in the streets.

Apr 28, 2015
A landmark new research study from Chinese scientists is one of the first to edit the genomes of human embryos. (Dr. Yorgos Nikas/  SPL)

Chinese scientists re-engineer human embryo genes, and set off a global moral debate. We’ll dig in.

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Apr 27, 2015
Former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner at a charity event in 2013. (Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP)

Bruce Jenner opens up about his gender journey. We’ll look at the big picture of transgender life in America now.

 
Apr 27, 2015
Flowers and ribbons adorn a tree outside the Weinstein family house in Rockville, Md. last week. Earlier, President Barack Obama ook full responsibility for the counterterror missions and offered his "grief and condolences" to the families of the hostages, Warren Weinstein of Rockville, Maryland, and Giovanni Lo Porto who were inadvertently killed by CIA drone strikes early this year. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

American drone policy and consequences. We’ll look at secret strikes and the evolution of drone war.

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Your Favorite Musical Memories Of Rain
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015

When we say ‘rain,’ you say ‘…?’ (Here’s what you really said when we said ‘rain.’)

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Three LIVE Tracks From Flor De Toloache
Friday, Apr 17, 2015

Fantastic live tracks from the amazing women of Flor de Toloache.

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Our Week In The Web: April 17, 2015
Friday, Apr 17, 2015

Interactions on Facebook, campaign time begins and a truck full of bees.

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