Fri June 28, 2013
The Summer of '63

Bittersweet At No. 1: How A Japanese Song Topped The Charts In 1963

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:22 pm

Underlying the sweetness of Kyu Sakamoto's unexpected hit song "Sukiyaki" was a story of sadness and loss.
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Wed June 26, 2013
Arts & Life

Banjo Billy’s Funky, Rambling Ride Through Boulder

Vince Darcangelo

Normally a place tourists associate with hiking and the outdoors, Boulder comes alive thanks to one popular tour guide who digs into the town’s past.

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Wed June 26, 2013

Old Safe Reveals Historical Relics Of Women's Suffrage Group

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 9:13 am

Safe cracker Elaad Israeli works the dial on an old safe found by the National Council of Women of the United States.
Margot Adler NPR

Started in 1888 by suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony, the National Council of Women of the United States still exists today in a small office near the United Nations.

On the organization's 125th anniversary, it teamed up with the University of Rochester to open an old safe painted with the words "Woman Suffrage Party." No one knew what was in the safe or when it had last been opened.

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Sun June 23, 2013
Arts & Life

West Virginia's Birthday Recalls A State Born Of Civil War

Lincoln Walks at Midnight stands outside the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va. The statue depicts President Abraham Lincoln contemplating the prospect of statehood for West Virginia.
Vicki Smith AP

One hundred and fifty years ago this week, West Virginia became the 35th state in the union.

Born in in 1863, the middle of the Civil War, the state was created by patriots who didn't want to join the Confederacy — no mean feat considering the political climate of the time.

Western Virginians were fed up with their eastern-dominated government, says Joe Geiger, director of the West Virginia State Archives. He says they also felt they didn't get fair funding for education and infrastructure.

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Fri June 21, 2013
The Summer of '63

Shake, Rattle And Rally: Code Songs Spurred Activism In Birmingham

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 5:11 pm

When played on the radio in 1963, songs like Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" were code to Birmingham youths, telling them to assemble.
Jan Persson Redferns

In 1963, civil rights activists wanted to recruit more of the city's young people to the cause. The way to their hearts was often through DJs and music. These days, Shelley "The Playboy" Stewart is the head of a major marketing firm, but in the 1950s and '60s, he was a popular DJ in Birmingham, Ala.

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