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FRONTLINE: Firestone and Liberia's Civil War

Mon, 2014-11-17 13:06

A new Frontline/Pro Publica documentary reveals a deal struck between iconic tire company Firestone and Liberia's notorious dictator Charles Taylor, infamous for his use of child soldiers. The film details how the company supported Taylor in exchange for being allowed to continue operating the world's largest rubber plantation. We speak with the film's director and the ProPublica reporter behind the investigation.

Why Capitol Hill Staffers (Still) Choose To Work In Congress

Mon, 2014-11-17 12:06

Two weeks ago voters sent a clear message that they were unhappy with the status quo on Capitol Hill. It's a sentiment that's shared among many who work within Congress. Two recent reports by the Congressional Research Service found that staffers in the Senate and the House are making less money, in real dollars, than they were four years ago. And many staffers worry that tight budgets and low morale could trigger brain drain into the private sector. Kojo examines Congress as a local workplace.

The Politics Hour - Nov. 14, 2014

Fri, 2014-11-14 12:06

Maryland lawmakers start sorting out what a Republican governor is going to mean for next year's legislative agenda. Northern Virginia gears up for a special election to replace at delegate who's on her way to Congress. And while D.C. debates a soccer stadium proposal, new plans for an NBA practice facility in Shaw enter the mix. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Stories Through Signatures At The National Archives

Thu, 2014-11-13 13:32

John Hancock's may be the most recognizable: the largest signature on the Declaration of Independence and a mark of loyalty to a fledgling nation. A new exhibit at the National Archives explores the power and poignancy of signatures throughout history. Signing one's name can be an act of authority or distinction. It can confirm an identity, deliver consent or register a grievance. We consider the many ways signatures convey meaning and values in our society and the ways technology is changing them.

A Contentious School Calendar In Montgomery County

Thu, 2014-11-13 13:06

Montgomery County's Board of Education voted earlier this week to remove the names of religious holidays from the school calendar. The board notes that the days off will remain the same given how many staff and students are absent on those days. But the decision is a contentious one, both for those who'd like to see the days recognized as religious holidays, and for Muslim groups who lobbied to have their own holidays added to the calendar. We explore the issues.

A Contentious Calendar in Montgomery County

Thu, 2014-11-13 13:06

Montgomery County's Board of Education voted earlier this week to remove the names of religious holidays from the school calendar. The board notes that the days off will remain the same given how many staff and students are absent on those days. But the decision is a contentious one, both for those who'd like to see the days recognized as religious holidays, and for Muslim groups who lobbied to have their own holidays added to the calendar. We explore the issues.

Transforming Office Space Into Housing?

Thu, 2014-11-13 12:06

Much has been made about the dearth of affordable housing in the Washington region, where it's becoming increasingly difficult for renters and homeowners to live. But the region is also home to an overflow of commercial real estate properties, some of which are becoming less useful as workplaces. Architect and urban planner Roger Lewis joins Kojo to explore what it would take to re-purpose such commercial space for housing.

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