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Easter Story

The Easter Story remains captivating to both believers and non-believers, even after 2,000 years.

Titanic - Recovery of Baby Shoes

After the Carpathia rescued Titanic's survivors, the crew of a ship called the Mackay-Bennett recovered a body wearing these shoes. Who was that baby?

Utterly Fearless at One-Week Old - Nubian Ibex

A baby Nubian Ibex, at one-week old, is utterly fearless and able to outwit a preying fox.

APOLLO 13

Apollo 13 experiences serious problems, but the crew safely returns to land; this is one of NASA's finest moments.

Alexander Hamilton and His 21st-Century Popularity

Alexander Hamilton's reputation is enjoying renewed popularity two centuries after his death. Watch an awesome rap performance about him.

I Taught Myself to Live Simply, by Anna Akhmatova - Audio

In spite of censorship in her time, Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) remains one of Russia's most-loved poets of the 20th century.

Amazing Mimicker - The Superb Lyrebird

The "Superb Lyrebird" is an extraordinary creature capable of astonishing feats, including hard-to-believe mimics of unexpected sounds.

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Stories of the Week April 20-26
Sun 20
  • Death of the 'Red Baron' 1918
    Manfred von Richthofen - Germany's WW I ace - flew a red Fokker DR1. He was credited with shooting down victims 79 and 80 on the 20th of April, 1918.
  • Hitler Last Seen in Public 1945
    April 20, 1945 Adolf Hitler left his Berlin bunker to greet members of the Hitler Youth. Historic film of that meeting is believed to be the last-known moving images of Hitler.
  • Marie and Pierre Curie - Radioactive Discovery 1902
    Marie & Pierre Curie were married scientists who first isolated radioactive radium salts on the 20th of April, 1902. Learn more about their world-changing efforts in this video clip.
  • The Underground Railroad 1853
    It is believed that on the 20th of April, 1853, Harriet Tubman began the 'underground railroad.' What was it - and - how did it work?
Mon 21
Tue 22
Wed 23
  • First U.S. Public School - Boston Latin 1635
    Five years after a group of 'Puritans' left England for America, a new school opened where they settled in Massachusetts. Take a look at the school 'then' and 'now.'
  • Poetry - Hear 'The Highwayman'
    Alfred Noyes, a British poet born in 1880. In 1995, when the BBC conducted a poll of the nation's favorite poems, the British people included 'The Highwayman' at number 15.
Thu 24
  • Trojan Horse - Is It True?
    Look at the Greek vase which depicts a horse on wheels with Greeks inside from 675-650 BC. Learn the story (which some sources claim occurred on the 24th of April, 1184 BC).
  • Hubble - Orbiting Telescope 1990
    Hubble - an amazing, orbiting space telescope, was launched on the 24th of April, 1990. This video animation depicts how the famous telescope works.
  • Shackleton and the Endurance 1916
    April 24, 1916, Ernest Shackleton realized his ship was dangerously stuck in Antarctic ice! This video clip recreates some of those dramatic moments.
  • Easter Rising - Ireland's Freedom Fight
    April 24, 1916, Irish nationalists staged an uprising in Dublin. See the haunting statue, in the memorial garden, and learn the story of the Easter Rising.
Fri 25
  • Poetry - Hear 'Digging,' by Seamus Heaney
    Seamus Heaney has long been known as ''Famous Seamus'' in his homeland of Ireland. Listen to Seamus read his own poem, then compare it to a different interpretation.
  • Guillotine First Used in France
    On the 25th of April, 1792 - before the start of the French Revolution's ''Reign of Terror'' Charles Henri Sanson, official executioner of the revolution, said this of the guillotine...
  • Easter Story - In Medieval and Renaissance Art
    During the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance, some of Europe's greatest artists told the Easter story in their paintings. Take a look.
Sat 26
  • Wedding of the Century 1923
    When ''Bertie'', the Duke of York married Elizabeth, then Lady Bowes-Lyon, people called it the ''Wedding of the Century.' This historic footage highlights the events of April 26, 1923.
  • Chernobyl - A Man-Made Disaster 1986
    Something went terribly wrong at the Chernobyl nuclear plant on April 26, 1986. These videos reveal what happened the night the reactor failed.

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