History

6:00am

Thu April 17, 2014
Science

Unlocking Prairie Secrets From A Sod House

Researchers prepare to take down a section of a sod house in Gates, Neb., in order to study the bricks made of dirt.
Credit Jackie Sojicko / Harvest Public Media

Ecologists in Nebraska are trying to find out what the Great Plains looked like when homesteaders settled there in the 19th century. To do that, they’re working with a team of archaeologists and historians dissecting a sod house, a house built out of bricks cut from dirt.

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6:05am

Mon February 17, 2014
The Salt

What Honest Abe's Appetite Tells Us About His Life

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 9:55 am

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, used to cook alongside his wife.
Brady Getty Images

Most people know Abraham Lincoln for his achievements as president. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation and held the nation together through the trauma of the Civil War. His Gettysburg Address is one of the best known in American history.

But what you might not know is that Lincoln cooked.

From his childhood to his days in the White House, food played an integral part in shaping Lincoln's life, food historian Rae Katherine Eighmey tells Tell Me More's Michel Martin.

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5:43am

Fri February 7, 2014
Movies

Behind The Movie, Tales From The Real-Life 'Monuments Men'

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 2:17 pm

Ettlinger at age 22, after his stint in the army.
Courtesy George Ettlinger

It's not often that a big-budget Hollywood film turns its attention to art historians and curators. But that's the subject of The Monuments Men, opening this weekend at a multiplex near you.

George Clooney stars in and directs the story, about a special group of soldiers tasked with protecting the masterpieces of European culture during the chaos of World War II and its aftermath. But as you might expect, the real story of the Monuments Men — and women — is messier and less glamorous than the Hollywood version.

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6:00am

Tue January 28, 2014
Author Interviews

'Founding Mothers' Helps Kids 'Remember The Ladies'

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 6:20 am

Deborah Franklin defended her home against a mob that was angry about the Stamp Act.
Courtesy of Harper

In 2004, Morning Edition contributor Cokie Roberts published a book about the ways in which the wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of America's Founding Fathers helped forge the nation. Now she's back with an illustrated version aimed at children. It's called Founding Mothers: Remembering The Ladies.

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5:40am

Fri January 24, 2014

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