Do You Speak American?

A new documentary investigates the different ways of speaking American English, from Maine and Ohio to Louisiana and California.

From AOK to Oz

Slang prhases are being culled from music, movies, and sports for a comprehensive historical dictionary.

Life Among the Lexicographers

The Dictionary of American Regional English records what is local about our language.

Brown v. Board

A Supreme Court ruling fuels the Civil Rights Movement.

A Tense Time in Tennessee

Thurgood Marshall wins a case and nearly loses his life.

Mastering Mozart

Thirty teachers travel to Austria to study the composer's operas.

From the Rainforest

An archaeologist on a dig in Guatemala helps recover an ancient Maya masterpiece.

How Our Great-Grandparents Saw the Movies

From silent films to newsreels, a new grant is preserving early motion pictures.

Forty Acres and a Mule

A new documentary examines America's struggle to establish racial equality after the Civil War.

Incidents in the Life of an Abolitionist

The story of Harriet Jacobs, fugitive slave, author, and relief worker, unfolds in a new book.