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Montgomery County Drops High School Final Exams

Thu, 2015-10-01 13:32

In a move to reclaim teaching time and address concerns about over-testing, Maryland's largest school district is phasing out final exams. Montgomery County's Board of Education voted to eliminate end-of-semester, two-hour cumulative exams in its high schools and replace them with in-class tests, papers or other measures of student learning throughout the semester. But will students be ready for finals when they get to college? The director of secondary curriculum joins us to explain the decision.

On The Docket: A Supreme Court Preview

Thu, 2015-10-01 13:06

This summer the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, a blockbuster decision that reverberated in every state. On Monday when the Court starts its new term, a roster of equally charged issues will dominate the docket. From the death penalty and juvenile sentencing, to questions over affirmative action and restrictions on abortions, the roster will also put the Court’s nine justices under scrutiny. Kojo explores the pivotal cases on the docket this term and finds out how Court dynamics inside –- and outside –- the courtroom could impact cases.

Charging For Concerts In America's Front Yard?

Thu, 2015-10-01 12:06

The Landmark Music Festival for the National Mall last weekend featured performances from Canadian rapper Drake, alternative rock band The Strokes, and countless other big names in music. But unlike most other events held around our monuments and memorials, concertgoers had to fork over an entry fee to take it in. It was meant to raise money and awareness for the upkeep of the National Mall, but the festival also raised questions about whether or not an event put on by a private production company was a proper use of our shared parks. We talk about how we use the green space in and around the National Mall.

A Proposal To Privatize Some Ambulance Service: D.C.'s Fire And EMS Chief

Wed, 2015-09-30 13:30

After a series of challenges facing D.C.'s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, including long wait times and ambulance shortages, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Fire and EMS Chief Gregory Dean proposed the use of private ambulances for non-life-threatening 911 calls. We speak with Dean about how the city is addressing the department's challenges.

Understanding And Implementing FDA's New Food Safety Rules In D.C.

Wed, 2015-09-30 13:06

New York restaurant chain Fig & Olive has been linked to two Salmonella outbreaks on both sides of the country. While the cause was never determined and the D.C. location is back up and running after passing a health inspection, questions remain about the spread of the infection. Today, Kojo discusses the incident and examines the FDA's new food safety rules that were finalized the same week.

The Moments That Shaped The Face of Local Washington

Wed, 2015-09-30 12:06

The Washington region is diverse, complex, and constantly evolving. So the events that sparked meaningful changes and landmark moments aren't always obvious. As Washingtonian magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary, we explore how events like the election of Prince George's County's first African-American executive and a blockbuster King Tut exhibit at the National Gallery helped make the D.C. area what it is today. Washingtonian editor Michael Schaffer and local poet and activist Ethelbert Miller join Kojo for a look at Washington's evolution.

Banned Books Week: Censorship Versus Common Sense?

Tue, 2015-09-29 13:34

Events like 'Banned Books Week' conjure up chapters in American history when censorship played a bigger a role in what books were available in libraries. But debates about banning books are far from a thing of the past - and we continue to live in a world where one word in a volume can spark an outcry from parents and lead librarians to fear backlash for stocking it. We consider the past and current debates about banning books in our nation and consider alternatives to taking books off shelves.