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Until now, the slaves who lived at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate, existed largely in the background.

On Saturday, Monticello unveiled new exhibits designed to amplify hundreds of people whose enslavement helped create and run the Founding Father's grandiose home.

One of the most well-known of these slaves was Sally Hemings. She's widely believed to have been mother to six of his children, although that fact was once fiercely disputed by some.

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If you are planning to see any live music this summer, we are told that our next guests are the ones to see.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL I WANNA DO")

THE WAR AND TREATY: (Singing) I can fly to New Orleans.

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Here we are, trip around the sun and back to celebrate Dad. He’s taught you how to ride a bike, cast a fishing pole, do long division, and appreciate Motown. He encouraged your dreams, told you when you were out of line and showed you how to apologize with integrity. He tells corny jokes, brags about your accomplishments and advises you on this adulating thing. He’s your Dad.

Essay: A Father's Gift

Jun 16, 2018
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It's Father's Day weekend, and if you're fortunate to still have a dad in your life, hopefully you'll have the chance to spend some time with him, or call, or give a gift. But Lake Effect essayist Linda Flashinski is think about a gift she recieved from her father:

Chazen Museum of Art

Drew Stevens is the Distinguished Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Chazen Museum in Madison. While curating has been his thing for 30 years, Stevens says the distinguished bit came after his hair changed color.

A Trump administration policy of separating children from their parents on the U.S. border has prompted a crescendo of criticism among religious leaders.

They span different faiths, denominations and ages. Some of them have also helped the president gain support for his base.

In June, Make Your Escape With These 3 Hot Reads

Jun 16, 2018

It's officially summer reading season! Here are three sweet, sexy and totally swoon-worthy romances to read for a wonderful escape — whether it's to a tropical beach or just your couch for an afternoon.

A Spy Talks About His Time In Al-Qaida

Jun 16, 2018

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Thirty-eight calves, between two and four months old, moo and kick at the dirt floor in a steel barn in Brush, Colo. One by one, a handler leads them from the pen to a narrow chute, where their legs are restrained and they're lifted onto a hydraulic table.

At the age of 64, when some retired people would look at brochures for cruises, Nell Irvin Painter — professor emeritus of American history at Princeton University — decided to go to art school.

Comedian and actor Louie Anderson won an Emmy for his performance on the FX show Baskets, in which he plays Christine Baskets, mother of struggling clown Chip Baskets. Anderson's new book is titled Hey Mom: Stories for My Mother, But You Can Read Them Too.

We've invited Anderson to play a game called "Louie, meet 'Louie Louie." Three questions for the Emmy award winner about the song "Louie, Louie," an unlikely hit written by Richard Berry in the 1950s and made famous by The Kingsmen in the 1960s.

Emily Freeman, a writer in Montana, grew up unaffiliated to a religion — culturally Jewish on her father's side, a smattering of churchgoing on her mother's. She and her husband Nathan Freeman talked about not identifying as religious — but they didn't really discuss how it would affect their parenting.

"I think we put it in the big basket of things that we figured we had so much time to think about," Emily joked.

But then they had kids, and the kids came home from their grandfather's house talking about Bible stories.

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