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Kids & "YA" Summer Reading 2015

Thu, 2015-07-02 13:06

Summer is here and for many children that doesn't mean a break from hitting the books. Avoiding the 'summer slump' often means making it through assigned reading, but there's room for fun, too. Picture books that fire up kids' imaginations and smart historical fiction feeds teens' curiosity. Join us for our annual conversation about the best summer books for kids and young adults.

Media Coverage of Women's Sports

Thu, 2015-07-02 12:06

A newly released study reveals that ESPN's SportsCenter spent 2 percent of its airtime on women's sports in 2014, a number that's remained steady since the study started tracking the show in 1999. Meanwhile, more girls and women are participating in athletics than ever before, and the Women's World Cup, which comes to a climax with Sunday's final game, has attracted record numbers of viewers. Kojo explores how media coverage of women's sports today affects our ideas about athleticism and gender.

Food Packaging & Pricing

8 hours 2 min ago

Have you ever popped open a bag of potato chips only to be disappointed by the number of crisps in your bag? It's not just you. To avoid raising prices, companies often increase their "nonfunctional slack fill" or the difference between the volume of product and its container. Sometimes, it's to protect a fragile product. Other times, customers feel like they're being cheated. We discuss the evolution of food packaging and how it can affect your recipes -and wallet.

The Challenges of Delivering Aid in Haiti

8 hours 28 min ago

In the wake of a devastating earthquake in Haiti five years ago, the American Red Cross raised half a billion dollars in aid. But delivering assistance with that money has posed challenges - a recent investigation by Pro Publica and NPR found that the funds have done little to create permanent housing. We connect with a Red Cross point person about the challenges they've faced in Haiti and the work the organization continues to do to provide relief there.

Your Turn

9 hours 4 min ago

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down a number of decisions that have people abuzz about everything from marriage rights to the death penalty. This week, a federal court overruled a challenge to D.C.'s gun law. And questions about the solvency of Puerto Rico and Greece are swirling. It's your turn to set the agenda as we consider those headlines and others.

The Rise and Fall of D.C. Street Fairs

9 hours 28 min ago

Adams Morgan Day won't happen this year but Funk Parade on U Street was a huge success. Putting on a street fair is expensive and time-consuming, but the rewards for the neighborhood can be huge. Businesses report surging sales during the event and residents appreciate the sense of community. We explore the economics and the challenges of street fairs in a rapidly changing city.

"The Brothers"-- Masha Gessen

Tue, 2015-06-30 13:06

Journalist Masha Gessen came to the United States as a teenager, when her family left the former Soviet Union to begin a new life in Boston. In her newest book, she explores the lives of the Tsarnaev brothers, whose family history stretches from Chechnya to New England, and the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. We chat with Gessen about what she learned when she set out to tell the human stories behind the tragedy.

Pop Culture Trends in Video Gaming

Tue, 2015-06-30 12:06

Video gaming has long involved looking down the barrel of a gun and shooting your way across a landscape. Following the industry's big annual conference, Tech Tuesday explores this year's new gaming trends, from less violence to more women characters, more exploration of detailed worlds and the inclusion of virtual reality headsets.

Airline Trends and Summer Travel

Mon, 2015-06-29 13:06

Airline profits are soaring but passengers feel squeezed -- by ticket prices, shrinking leg room and extra charges for everything from checked bags to on-board WiFi. The airlines say they're finally recovering from a downturn that started with 9/11 and continued with the recession and high oil prices. Now they have the cash to invest in fuel-efficient and tech-friendly planes and to improve customer service. We explore the economics of flying as the summer travel season takes off.

Pushing Forward With The Purple Line in Maryland

Mon, 2015-06-29 12:32

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has authorized a proposal to build a light rail line connecting Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. But he's scaling back state funding - and he wants local jurisdictions to pay more for it. We explore where the debate heads from here.

The Supreme Court and Same Sex Marriage

Mon, 2015-06-29 12:06

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry, regardless of where they live. We explore the local impact of the decision.

The Politics Hour - June 26, 2015

Fri, 2015-06-26 12:06

Maryland's governor faces down a cancer diagnosis. Federal officials put Metro under the microscope at open oversight hearings. And Virginia lawmakers find themselves in the nationwide debate about Confederate symbols and race relations. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

A Woman on the $10 Bill?

Thu, 2015-06-25 13:25

The Treasury Department announced plans last week to redesign the $10 bill - and to put the portrait of a woman on a major paper currency for the first time in American history. The public will participate in the process by submitting online suggestions. We'll explore the debate about who deserves the honor - and why people feel strongly about currency design and what it says about the countries that use them.

Supreme Court Hands Obama A Victory On Health Care Law

Thu, 2015-06-25 13:06

In a victory for President Obama and his signature health care law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that people who buy health insurance on a federal exchange are entitled to the same tax credits as those who buy from state-run exchanges. The majority opinion says, "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them." We explore the politics and personal repercussions of the Court's decision.

Off the Beaten Path: Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

Thu, 2015-06-25 12:25

For more than 200 years a small, but stately brick home has stood steadfastly amid Capitol Hill's grand buildings. The Sewall-Belmont House is home to the National Woman's Party, the organization that led the fight for women's suffrage and equal rights. Today this often-overlooked gem in the shadow of the Supreme Court building tells the story of the women who lobbied, protested and ultimately won the fight for the vote. But it's also a national historic site that's struggling to stay afloat amid funding deficits and preservation costs. We explore the history that unfolded at the site and learn about plans for its future.

Washington Teachers' Union President Elizabeth A. Davis

Thu, 2015-06-25 12:06

At the end of June, the D.C. Council plans to vote on a new rule that would block the public's access to teacher evaluations. The Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) is against the amendment, which they call a confusing and vague "secrecy provision" that could have broad, unintended effects. WTU President Elizabeth A. Davis talks with Kojo about the proposed rule and other issues on the minds of D.C.'s teachers.

A Federal Ban on "Trans Fats"

Wed, 2015-06-24 13:06

The federal government has ordered American food companies to remove artificial trans fats from their products within the next three years. The Food and Drug Administration pushed forward with the ban out of a concern for how trans fats have contributed to obesity and heart disease, among other things. But consumers aren't likely to see much change, given that food manufacturers have been phasing out trans fats over the past decade or so. "Food Wednesday" explores the ban, and the role technology is playing in replacing trans fats.

Haiti After the Quake

Wed, 2015-06-24 12:20

In the immediate aftermath of the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, countries and organizations rushed to provide aid and rebuild the country. More than five years later, we explore the mixed results of those efforts, and what's next now that the world's attention has shifted.

The Demise of The Gazette Newspaper

Wed, 2015-06-24 12:06

The Gazette newspaper has been covering hyper-local news in Montgomery County since 1959, with as many as 13 different editions at one point. In 1993, The Washington Post bought The Gazette and after Jeff Bezos bought the Post, in 2013, the weekly Gazette was run by Post Community Media. Last week, the publisher shut down the paper that's covered everything from planning debates to prep sports for decades. We examine the economics of weekly papers and the future of hyper-local news coverage in our region.

Standing Voice: Albinism in Africa

Tue, 2015-06-23 13:32

The thousands of Africans living with Albinism face a range of health issues, but also stigma, ostracism and physical threats. In recent years, dozens have been killed in places like Tanzania, where traditional witch doctors claim the limbs of people with Albinism bring wealth and good luck. A 2012 documentary film about the issue led to the creation of Standing Voice, an organization aiming to change attitudes and pressure governments to take action.