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Training Bar Staff And Bystanders To Prevent Sexual Assault

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The next frontier in the battle against sexual harassment and sexual assault? Bars. Two local organizations are collaborating to train bar staff --and bystanders--to spot a problem and intervene appropriately. We explore how alcohol adds to the challenge, and how all of us can learn to see the signs and do something.

The "Heat Dome" Is Hell For Transportation

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Soaring temperatures are making life awfully difficult in Washington this week. But heat spikes are particularly hellish on the infrastructure we depend on to get around, from roads to mass transit. We explore the stress the heat dome is putting on the region's transportation infrastructure and those who take care of it.

Can Domestic Violence Shelters Afford D.C. Rent?

Tue, 2016-07-26 12:32

Lack of affordable housing is one of the most common reasons why domestic violence victims stay with their abusers. While local shelters aim to provide a safe refuge for those escaping abuse, high housing costs in the Washington region make it difficult to accommodate everyone in need of a bed. Kojo sits down with two experts to explore how a lack of affordable housing makes our region less safe for victims of domestic abuse.

The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Tue, 2016-07-26 12:15

Last week, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled against Governor Terry McAuliffe's order to restore the voting rights of over 200,000 felons en masse. He immediately countered by promising to sign thousands of individual clemency grants anyway. While state governors have long held the right to grant individual clemency, the legal questions that first surfaced over this issue have not entirely disappeared. Kojo considers the McAuliffe administration's move with a legal expert who can shed light on incarceration and election law.

D.C.'s Role At The Democratic National Convention

Tue, 2016-07-26 12:06

The Democratic National Convention got off to a rocky start with another email scandal before the week's events even began. Many Democrats hoped for unity by way of candidate Bernie Sanders, whose supporters feel increasingly isolated from party establishment. Meanwhile, D.C. statehood advocates are celebrating the first Democratic platform supporting D.C. statehood in more than a decade. Kojo checks in with Shadow Senator Paul Strauss, a statehood advocate and a Democratic delegate from the District.

D.C. Jail Death Renews Concerns Over Aging Prison

Mon, 2016-07-25 12:30

The death of an inmate at the D.C. jail amid a string of hot days in the region has refocused attention on conditions at the 40 year-old facility. While the D.C. Department of Corrections has said it’s making fixes to the oppressive heat inside the jail, watchdogs and city officials say temporary measures won’t fix widespread structural deficiencies plaguing living conditions for nearly 1,300 inmates. Kojo gets the latest on what’s being done to improve prison conditions, and finds out how city leaders plan to tackle a laundry list of structural issues.

Virginia's Own Tim Kaine Takes The Democratic Veepstakes

Mon, 2016-07-25 12:06

Tim Kaine's resume boasts nearly every possible opportunity to hold office from Richmond City Council to United States Senator. Now, he might just add Vice President to the roster with Hillary Clinton choosing him as her running mate. We consider the Senator's local ties to this region and the pros and cons of his candidacy as the news of the pick spreads and the DNC gets underway.

The Politics Hour - July 22, 2016

Fri, 2016-07-22 12:06

A U.S. Senator from Virginia lands on the shortlist for Democratic VP pick. D.C.'s statehood proposal gets a cool reception in Cleveland. And Maryland's Republican governor attends a local crab fest in lieu of his party's convention. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Colorism Within "Yellowman" And The African American Community

Thu, 2016-07-21 12:30

In the play "Yellowman," an African American couple fall in love in a Southern community fraught with class and color barriers. Alma, a dark skinned woman, is ridiculed for her appearance by her own mother, who wants to see her daughter advance in society. Eugene, who is light-skinned, is judged by his darker father, who believes his son will never face discrimination. Their story comes to life at Anacostia Playhouse this summer, drawing from the past to inform our complicated relationship with race in the present day.

The Landscape For D.C.'s Free Musical Rites Of Summer

Thu, 2016-07-21 12:06

The District is home to several concert series that have served up free summer music to audiences here for decades. Some of them are struggling to hold onto the audiences they built long ago - or to navigate all the organizational challenges the concerts require. We explore the landscape for free summer music in D.C., and what the concerts at places like Fort Dupont have contributed to the fabric of the city.

"The Hopefuls" And Administrative Churn In D.C.

Wed, 2016-07-20 12:32

Every four to eight years the District of Columbia and the surrounding region undergo a shift. Energized staffers, fresh off a campaign win for President or Congress, flow into the area as the defeated move on and, often, out. In 2008 the cyclical churn spurred by the Obama administration’s campaign of hope and change coincided with a major boom for D.C. It also inspired Jennifer Close's latest novel "The Hopefuls," which examines the lives of two couples who come to D.C. to be part of the Obama administration. We talk with Close and White House correspondent Kate Bennett about how politicians and their staff shape the region around us.

How Changing Rent Subsidies Could Impact D.C.

Wed, 2016-07-20 12:06

More than 12,000 households in D.C. – and two million nationwide -- depend on federal subsidies to help them make rent in our expensive urban neighborhoods. But the subsidy voucher system has long come under fire for both keeping poor tenants stuck in low-income neighborhoods and padding the pockets of landlords. Under a new rule proposed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development however, subsidy rates could change to more accurately reflect cost of housing by zip code, rather than by metro area. We explore how changing rent subsidies could impact upward mobility for families, and what it means for tenants and property owners in our region.

Irene Pollin Reflects On Her "Unexpected" Life

Tue, 2016-07-19 12:30

Together with her late husband Abe, Irene Pollin owned the Washington Wizards, Mystics and Capitals, carving out a homegrown sports culture in the nation's capital. After coping with tragedy within their family, the Pollins built the region's iconic sports arenas, from the Capital Centre in Landover, Md. to the Verizon Center in D.C.'s Chinatown. The Pollins became the longest-tenured owners of the NBA, using their position to push for affordable housing locally and public health awareness on the national stage. At age 92, and out with a self-published memoir, Irene Pollin sits down with Kojo to reflect on her "unexpected" life.

A Takeaway From The Verdicts In The Freddie Gray Trials

Tue, 2016-07-19 12:06

A judge on Monday acquitted on all counts the highest-ranking Baltimore police officer charged in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray. It's the fourth time prosecutors have failed to secure a conviction in cases related to Gray's death, which sparked massive protests about race and police accountability in Baltimore last year. Kojo talks with former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler about the outcomes of the trials thus far - and what they say about how the justice system works in Maryland and around the country.

Virginia's Muslim Population And Its Role In This Year's Elections

Tue, 2016-07-19 12:06

Virginia is home to roughly 200,000 Muslims, the majority of whom are concentrated in the Washington region. Some speculate this population could sway this year's election both in the commonwealth and nationwide - in 2012, Mitt Romney lost to Barack Obama by fewer than 150,000 votes. We explore how the anti-Islamic rhetoric of this year's presidential election is playing out in the commonwealth.

Should D.C.'s Next Schools Chancellor Be A Local?

Mon, 2016-07-18 12:45

When D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson steps down from her office in October, Mayor Muriel Bowser plans to embark on a nationwide search for Henderson's replacement. But critics of that decision argue that national searches for school superintendents are "stupid, cliched and usually do not work." Who is best suited for the role? Kojo discusses the process with a Washington Post education columnist and a former school official from Montgomery County.

Trump Meets D.C.'s Political Culture

Mon, 2016-07-18 12:18

Whether he wins the presidential election or not, Trump is coming to Pennsylvania Avenue. The Trump Hotel is scheduled to open this Fall at the site of the Old Post Office Building, and with its ultra-expensive rooms and luxurious details, it marks a departure from the current hospitality atmosphere in the District. Trump's politics- both in style and ideology- are similarly distinct from D.C.'s local status quo. With the Republican National Convention underway in Cleveland, we explore how the style and politics of presidential candidate Donald Trump would fit in with D.C.'s local politics and culture.

LGBT Issues, A D.C. Delegate And The Republican Party Platform

Mon, 2016-07-18 12:06

Rachel Hoff is a D.C. delegate to the GOP Convention in Cleveland. She's also the first openly gay member of the party's platform committee. Last week her fellow committee members voted down amendments which would have softened the party's stance on LGBT issues. We speak with her about how the party's platform will play with voters, and what it means to be gay and Republican in the District.

The Politics Hour: July 15, 2016

Fri, 2016-07-15 12:06

The D.C. Council wraps up its session with a slew of legislation. A lawsuit alleges Maryland Congressional districts are unconstitutional. And our region’s Republican leaders and delegates ramp up for next week’s GOP convention in Cleveland. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

The Problem With Making Parts Of D.C. Your Personal Playground

Thu, 2016-07-14 12:40

The Pokemon Go craze has turned D.C. into a virtual gaming playground. But the phenomenon has also promoted several local institutions to remind people that certain locations are inappropriate for play. Kojo explores what we're learning this summer about how we should be interacting with public space in local D.C. and beyond.