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Who'da thunk it? Be honest, how many of you thought Jerry Springer's daytime talk show, which premiered Sept. 30, 1991, on five TV stations, would last long enough to mark its 25th anniversary today.

Not me. I was recently reminded that when I reviewed the premiere, I recommended that Jerry not give up his "desk job" anchoring WLWT-TV's news.

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There is a reason Cincinnati has adopted the flying pig as its unofficial mascot. It's a  reminder of the city's early days, when the pork processing industry was so vital to the city's local life and economy Cincinnati was known as Porkopolis. 

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Of all his memorable movies roles – and Gene Wilder had many – my favorite was Wilder as the washed-up Waco kid gunslinger in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles."

So why "Blazing Saddles," when news reports about his death today at age 83 from complications with Alzheimer's disease mention "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," "The Producers," "Young Frankenstein, "Stir Crazy," "Bonny and Clyde," "Silver Streak" or "The Woman In Red" with his wife, Gilda Radner?

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In August 1955, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American boy, was kidnapped and murdered by two white men in Money, Mississippi for reportedly flirting with a white woman. An all-white, male jury acquitted the men, who later admitted their guilt.

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Jul 8, 2016

The Ohio Phonograph Company was the first record company to operate out of Cincinnati, and its history involves legal battles with the father of the phonograph, Thomas Edison

The lesser-known connection between General Ulysses S. Grant and the Underground Railroad is explored in-depth in the book Ulysses Underground: the Unexplored Roots of U. S. Grant and the Underground Railroad

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Preparations are underway for next year’'s 150th anniversary of the Roebling Suspension Bridge that connects Cincinnati and Covington.

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1789 was a perilous time for the newly-formed United States. The first representatives of the new Federal Congress arrived in New York City with little idea how the nation's government would actually work. There were arguments underway over numerous issues from presidential power to national finance, as well as the idea of placing the nation's capital on the Potomac River.

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The political environment of 1896 had a lot of similarities to today: an electorate transformed by a growing immigrant population, an uncertain economy disrupted by new technology, growing income inequality and political gridlock that prevented the parties from resolving big issues.

George Washington Carver was an accomplished botanist, known for his discovery of many uses for the peanut, but his life required great perseverance and character to overcome a wealth of societal obstacles.

Jane Durrell talks with Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, about their current exhibition featuring the 13th Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation.

Rebecca Forste visits with Jim Stump to discuss her presentation on the celebrated Ohio poet Paul Laurence Dunbar at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County on Saturday, January 30.

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One of the cruel abuses of slavery in America was that slaves were forbidden to read and write. But as Trinity College Associate Professor of English and American Studies Christopher Hager reveals in his latest book, “Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing,” some enslaved African Americans did learn to read and write, and during the early years of emancipation thousands more became literate.

Jane Durrell sits down with Rebecca Johnson, curator for the newest exhibit at the historic Betts House in Cincinnati’s west end.

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Finalized on November 21, 1995 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Dayton Peace Accords ended the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The war, which had lasted more than three years, cost 100,000 lives and drove 2 million people from their homes. Current and former world leaders are participating in events this week to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Peace Accords.

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People may know Over-the-Rhine for its great restaurants and bars, but it has a history as rich as its exciting nightlife. The Over-the-Rhine Museum, slated to open in 2020 with a pop-up version available in 2016, will capture the community’'s extensive past with the help of local residents, historians, designers and business owners.

In his new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis, Politico eHealth Editor Arthur Allen tells the true story of the battle against disease and genocidal ideology, told through the lives of microbiologists Rudolf Weigl and Ludwick Fleck, who fought typhus and cruelty from the Russian POW camps of WWI to the ghettos and concentration camps of Nazi-occupied Europe.

The three buildings on Fourth Street that were once home to high-end fashion retailer Gidding-Jenny after the two companies merged in 1962, and more recently to discount retailer T.J. Maxx, could soon have a new owner and a new life.

The Ohio River National Freedom Corridor is a cooperative initiative which works across the Tri-state to preserve, interpret and promote our extraordinary underground railroad heritage. In partnership with the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the National Park Service Network to Freedom Program and the Ohio Humanities Council, the Ohio River National Freedom Corridor will host the inaugural 2015 Regional Underground Railroad Conference, October 16 through 18.

History In Your Own Backyard

Sep 28, 2015
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  From county courthouses to country stores, ghost towns to lost bridges, the Anderson Ferry to the Great Miami Railroad Bridge, Satolli Glassmeyer and his team are preserving the memories of the Tri-state through their project, History in Your Own Backyard. Their goal is to build a database of documentary videos featuring historic buildings, bridges, tunnels, and communities, throughout Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. 

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