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The Reality Of Romance

Thu, 2015-04-23 12:21

The Washington Post needed a wedding columnist, and reporter Ellen McCarthy didn't want the job if it meant writing up detailed descriptions of gowns and floral arrangements. Instead, she proposed a column that would explore couples' relationships and how they got to the aisle to begin with. After covering more than 200 nuptials, she has collected the lessons she learned along the way in a new book. We talk with her about the realities of finding true love in our modern world and the value of a great story.

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

Thu, 2015-04-23 12:06

Sen. Tim Kaine has vowed to go to bat for Dulles International Airport, which is losing passengers to Reagan National--in part because of the many members of Congress who favor National. Sen. Kaine joins us to weigh in on the airport wars, Congress' role in a future nuclear deal with Iran, and the re-authorization of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The Brisket Bubble: How Commodities And Trends Shape What You Eat

Wed, 2015-04-22 13:06

It comes from humble beginnings: a tough but affordable cut of meat that needs to cook a long time before it's tender enough to eat. But as enthusiasm for BBQ has expanded, from Texas to Brooklyn and beyond, professional chefs and home cooks alike are embracing brisket with new fervor. And as the dish has moved from tradition to trend, the price of brisket has skyrocketed. We consider the implications of the so-called "brisket bubble" and consider how commodity prices and trends shape our expectations and diets.

Men In Maryland Women's Caucus

Wed, 2015-04-22 12:30

In the first four decades of the Maryland Women's caucus, not one man requested to join. This year, all that changed. During the 2015 General Assembly session, not one, but four men joined the Caucus. They're the first four men to join any Women's Caucus, anywhere in the country. Kojo speaks with some of those lawmakers about why they sought membership and what they're looking to achieve now.

Freddie Gray and the Police Bill of Rights

Wed, 2015-04-22 12:06

Amid calls for more details about how a Baltimore man sustained fatal injuries while in police custody, we explore the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights and the struggle between process and public disclosure.

Chucky Taylor the "American Warlord"

Tue, 2015-04-21 13:32

Charles Taylor is best known as the infamous warlord -- and later president -- of Liberia who led civil wars in that nation and Sierra Leone in the 1990s. Perhaps less well known is the story of his son Chucky, born and raised in the U.S, but who later joined his father in a brutal, lawless suppression of Liberia's citizens. Chucky's reign of terror under his father shocked even Charles Taylor himself and would ultimately lead to his being sentenced in the U.S. for war crimes. Kojo explores how the young Taylor went from average American kid to brutal warlord.

Appalachian Laboratory Director

Tue, 2015-04-21 13:06

The Appalachian Lab at the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science may not be well known, but it has an important role evaluating the health of the state's air, water and soil. The lab also advises policymakers on contentious issues like agricultural runoff and the environmental consequences of fracking. We speak with the lab's new director.

Rage Tweeting, Trolling And Online Anger

Tue, 2015-04-21 12:06

Anger is everywhere online, whether it's furious tweets over delays on public transit or personal zingers exchanged over a hot-button issue. But the ways we express frustration over social media are often very different from our face-to-face interactions. Tech Tuesday explores what contributes to anger and negative energy in social media, from rage-tweeting to trolling.

"Reinventing" Human Resources at the Workplace

Mon, 2015-04-20 13:06

One of the most viral pieces of content ever produced by Netflix has little to do with movies or television - it's a Power Point presentation about human resources strategy that doesn't even include any animation or music. The document attracted attention because it laid out a simple vision for managing and engaging employees: hire fully-formed adults and treat them like grown-ups. Kojo talks with the former chief talent officer at Netflix, along with regular contributor and business coach Howard Ross about this simple, yet revolutionary notion.

Miss Jessie's Co-Founder On Entrepreneurship And Natural Hair Care

Mon, 2015-04-20 12:19

Growing numbers of women with hair that's curly, kinky and wavy are embracing the texture, rather than using chemical relaxers and harsh heat treatments to straighten it. Hairstylist Miko Branch and her sister, Titi, built a hair care empire of products, named for their grandmother, to make natural styling easier. Kojo talks with Branch about the expansion of Miss Jessie's line from a home salon to Target's shelves, as well as the cultural meaning we all wear in our hair.

Artisphere On the Line

Mon, 2015-04-20 12:06

The arts venue known as Artisphere opened in Rosslyn in 2010 with the goal of bringing art exhibits, music, and theater performances to a part of Arlington better known for its corporate canyons. But now county leaders say the complex is costing too much and doesnt draw enough visitors; they're likely to vote Tuesday to close the complex, saving around $2.5 million a year. Critics say arts institutions like Artisphere need time to grow as well as public support. We explore the issues.