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Summer Reading 2015

Thu, 2015-06-18 13:06

The summer is already sweltering, and we've got book suggestions for anyone looking for good reads fit for lazy days. A slew of debut novels are creating buzz, and if hardcovers are too much of a lift for your beach bag, there are great titles just out in paperback, too. Prefer non-fiction? We have you covered with memoirs and biographies. Join us for our annual Summer Reading show.

Shaping the City: Designing the New D.C.

Thu, 2015-06-18 12:22

When it comes to new structures in our region, and what they should look like, everyone has an opinion. The D.C. Zoning commission has set new limits on how tall a "pop-up" row house can be. In Northwest D.C. and Montgomery County, neighbors are fuming as they watch home after home replaced with luxury "McMansions." We consider whether the region can update its row-house aesthetic, without sacrificing character.

A D.C. Rite of Summer: AFI Docs

Thu, 2015-06-18 12:06

Highlights of the annual international AFI Docs festival include Alex Gibney's probing "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine," and two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Koppel's "Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation." Also screening will be "3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets," which traces the trial of the man convicted of shooting a black teen, Jordan Davis, over loud music in Florida. Jordan Davis' father, Ron Davis, joins us to talk about the film and his activism after his son's death.

Oysters And The Evolving Politics Of The Chesapeake

Wed, 2015-06-17 13:32

During the past decade, Maryland mounted an ambitious effort to restore its oyster population in the Chesapeake. But the politics behind oyster restoration may be shifting with the rise of new leadership in Annapolis. We explore what changes watermen have already won so far to the oyster recovery program and what concerns environmental advocates have about the future of the effort.

The Intrigue Of Brad Meltzer's D.C.

Wed, 2015-06-17 13:06

The often ugly business behind American government is rife with juicy stories and sensational conspiracy theories. Author Brad Meltzer has mined that fertile ground, often rooted in reality, turning it to the fiction of his best-selling thriller novels. We talk with Meltzer about the sometimes blurry lines between fact and fiction.

Your Turn

Wed, 2015-06-17 12:30

The Tangled Politics Of A University Admissions Lawsuit

Wed, 2015-06-17 12:06

A conservative activist recently sued Harvard University, accusing the school of implementing an admissions policy that holds Asian-American applicants to unfair standards. But a recent Reuters investigation found the lawsuit wasn't initiated with the support of Asian-Americans and that the complaint doesn't include the names of any Asian-American students. We explore the politics behind the lawsuit - and why its ultimate aim may be dismantling an historic legal decision that's provided opportunities for black and Hispanic students.

The Future of the Library of Congress

Tue, 2015-06-16 13:32

The longtime librarian of the Library of Congress, James H. Billington, announced he is retiring after 27 years. The librarian position is appointed by the President, and Billington's retirement launches speculation about the next pick, as well as larger questions about the future of our major cultural institutions. We speak to art and architecture critic Phillip Kennicott about how appointments and politics end up shaping the Arts in America.

U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)

Tue, 2015-06-16 13:06

Maryland recently put in place new permit-to-purchase handgun requirements at the state level. U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen is now pushing legislation at the federal level to encourage other states to adopt stricter gun licensing requirements. Kojo talks with Van Hollen, a Democrat, about the proposal as well as what's at stake for the region in Capitol Hill's heated debate on trade.

Prescribing Controlled Substances Online

Tue, 2015-06-16 12:06

Filling a prescription these days can be as easy as a few mouse clicks for doctors, and a quick trip through the CVS drive-through for patients. But one category of potent drugs remains stubbornly on paper: controlled substances like painkillers and sedatives that carry high risk of addiction. But with recent federal regulations and technological advances, pharmacies and care providers are now permitted to handle these drugs online, a move that could have a powerful impact on a growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Kojo explores how this new IT initiative in healthcare is affecting doctors, patients and the fight against addiction.