The Quest For Walt Whitman’s Lost Books

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Walt Whitman’s works have been analyzed by scholars since his passing in 1892 and University of Idaho American literature assistant professor Zachery Turpin is digging through archives and manuscripts in search of Whitman’s “lost” works. Turpin joins us to talk about his quest for literature’s “National Treasure.”

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“The government photographer who gave a face to #American poverty”

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In the 1930s, hundreds of thousands of poverty-stricken Dust Bowl refugees poured into California from the parched Midwest in search of food, jobs and dignity. Meanwhile, much of the country, mired in its own Depression-fueled misery, was oblivious to the ecological and social catastrophe at hand. Armed with a camera and a good dose of outrage and compassion, Dorothea Lange set out to change that.

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13 places to visit in August for every type of traveler

Mackinac Island, Michigan

August is one of the most popular months to travel for Americans, with millions of people squeezing in one final summer vacation before the weather cools down.

Choosing the perfect destination for an August vacation isn’t easy. You may find yourself favoring northerly locations that are simply too cold any other time of year — think Oslo, Norway, where the sun doesn’t set until close to 10 p.m., or Mackinac Island, Michigan, which draws thousands of travelers to its famous Fudge Festival each August.

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10 North Carolina Musicians Who Shaped American Music

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True record freaks love making lists. Best concerts ever. Records to put into the space capsule. Most talented musicians who never got popular. But most of these record freaks, if they made a list of most important states for American music, probably wouldn’t put North Carolina in their Top 5. They’d be wrong.

Here, in order of birth, are 10 legendary musicians that make a case for the importance of North Cackalacky as a root source for American sound. It reflects my personal taste as well as my sense of historical significance. And it includes not just folks who lived their whole lives here, but also those who simply spent meaningful time in N.C., whether after the strange alchemy of birth and place or at life’s twilight.

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Folk music festival brings US back to its Bluegrassroots

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There’s nothing more American than the music attendees will hear this weekend at the Bluegrassroots Timpanogos Folk Festival, according to local musician Marvin Payne.

“It’s just steeped in Americana and American values, and it’s a perfect fit,” Payne said.

The event, part of this year’s Freedom Festival, will include a concert featuring John Reischman and the Jaybirds from the Great Pacific Northwest and Salt Lake City-based duo Otter Creek on Friday night, as well as a “grassroots” open mic performance and workshops with Friday’s featured artists and others on Saturday.

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Photographer Robert Capa Risked It All to Capture D-Day—then Nearly All His Images Were Lost

US troops assault Omaha Beach during the D-Day landings. Normandy, France.

On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy. It was, and remains, the largest amphibious invasion in history, and struck a critical blow to the Nazis, hastening the end of World War II. The man who arguably let the public witness the horrors of that day—which resulted in 10,000 casualties—was Robert Capa, the sole photographer who captured the first wave incursion on Omaha Beach that morning. His photographs, including an iconic image of a soldier crawling through the surf, became enduring records of the plight of the American soldiers. And they were almost lost forever.

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