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Cubed: A Secret History Of The Workplace (Rebroadcast)

Wed, 2014-12-17 08:06

Most of us spend upwards of eight hours a day, five days a week in an office. Shaped by everything from sexual politics to management theory, offices evolved over more than a century from the counting-houses of 19th-century clerks to the open plans and cubicles we love to hate. Author Nikil Saval traces how utopian design ideas became the soulless offices of today.

Joe Dobrow: "Natural Prophets" (Rebroadcast)

Wed, 2014-12-17 07:06

In the '60s and '70s, health food stores were mostly small, local cooperatives with little resemblance to the gleaming Whole Foods or Yes! Organic Markets we have today. But a growing distrust of chemicals and pesticides in commercial food transformed a grass-roots natural food movement into a mainstream, multi-billion-dollar enterprise. Author Joe Dobrow discusses his new book about the entrepreneurs and ideals that shaped today's natural food industry.

Remembering Those Lost in 2014

Tue, 2014-12-16 08:06

This year's obituary pages included stories that ran the gamut from triumph to tragedy. We said goodbye to voices that transformed public radio forever and a politician who left permanent marks, including scars, on Washington, D.C. We explore the stories behind this year's obituaries and reflect on those lost in 2014.

Amy Webb on Tech Trends for 2015

Tue, 2014-12-16 07:06

Digital futurist Amy Webb has followed tech trends for more than a decade, and she's looking ahead to 2015 and beyond. She predicts that ephemeral networks with disappearing email and social media will tackle both privacy and digital clutter. Your next device will be wearable, so you'll get your newsfeed on your wrist and take photos with a blink. Video game technology will hit newsrooms, making journalism into an immersive experience. Digital security will be big, with off-the-grid phones and new encryption for desktops. We explore the trends for 2015 and beyond.

Rob Kapilow: A New Spin for Old Tunes

Mon, 2014-12-15 08:20

From opera star Renee Fleming to pop princess Mariah Carey, it's now de rigueur for music's best and brightest to put their own spin on traditional holiday music. While some overwrought arrangements can elicit eye-rolls or groans, others have potential to be new classics. For more than two decades, composer and commentator Rob Kapilow has encouraged us to listen with new ears to old music through his program What Makes It Great? Kapilow and Kojo explore how composers and performers use traditional tunes to create beautiful new sounds.

Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America

Mon, 2014-12-15 07:30

A little over a year ago, Linda Tirado wrote a post on a message board in response to a question: Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive? She responded from firsthand experience: she'd held down multiple low-wage jobs, perpetually one car breakdown away from losing her job and her apartment. Long-term planning? Managing your finances? Those are luxuries those in poverty can't afford. Her response went viral, and she found herself the accidental ambassador for the poor in a new book.

The "Echo Chamber" at the Supreme Court

Mon, 2014-12-15 07:06

The Supreme Court holds itself up as the highest court in all the United States - and a place dedicated to equal justice under the law. But a recent investigation by Reuters found that a small group of elite lawyers is disproportionately involved in the court's business. Between 2004 and 2012, a group of attorneys representing just 1 percent of the petitions filed to the Supreme Court were involved in more than 40 percent of the cases the court decided to consider. Kojo explores what this investigation says about access to justice in modern America.

The "Echo Chamber" at the Supreme Court (Rebroadcast)

Mon, 2014-12-15 07:06

The Supreme Court holds itself up as the highest court in all the United States - and a place dedicated to equal justice under the law. But a recent investigation by Reuters found that a small group of elite lawyers is disproportionately involved in the court's business. Between 2004 and 2012, a group of attorneys representing just 1 percent of the petitions filed to the Supreme Court were involved in more than 40 percent of the cases the court decided to consider. Kojo explores what this investigation says about access to justice in modern America.

The Politics Hour

Fri, 2014-12-12 07:06

Congress moves to block the legalization of marijuana in the District. Virginia lawmakers wrestle over ethics guidelines. And Maryland's incoming governor knocks the current one for making significant decisions on his way out of office. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Kids & Young Adult Winter Reading 2014

Thu, 2014-12-11 08:32

The holiday season is upon us and books make excellent gifts for the littlest readers on your list. Stories inspired by blizzards, the Civil Rights movement and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousef are popping up on bookstore and library shelves. We consider those and other titles perfect for sharing with the kids and teens in your life.

Rising Water Temperatures in the Chesapeake Watershed

Thu, 2014-12-11 08:15

More than 50 billion gallons of fresh water flow into the Chesapeake Bay every day from 100,000 rivers and streams. A new study finds that water temperatures in those tributaries have risen half a degree per decade since 1960. We explore why seemingly slight fluctuations upstream can have major impacts on the Bay and its wildlife.

Congress Approves "The Chesapeake Bay Accountability Act": What Happens Next?

Thu, 2014-12-11 08:06

The 113th Congress will likely be remembered for epic budget showdowns and partisan acrimony. But this Wednesday, the House of Representatives quietly, unanimously passed the "Chesapeake Bay Accountability Act." The bill would change the way Bay cleanup efforts are coordinated and measured across ten federal agencies, six states, the District and more than a thousand local governments. Kojo talks with the bill's sponsor.

Rising Water Temperatures in Chesapeake Tributaries

Thu, 2014-12-11 08:06

More than 50 billion gallons of fresh water flow into the Chesapeake Bay every day from hundreds of thousands of rivers and streams. A new study finds that water temperatures in those tributaries have risen half a degree per decade since 1960. Kojo explores why seemingly slight fluctuations upstream can have major impacts on the Bay and its wildlife.

Winter Theater

Thu, 2014-12-11 07:06

Stages in our region are lit up with classics and new twists on those favorites, including fresh takes on "The Nutcracker" and a production of "Fiddler on the Roof." They'll run alongside some original productions, revivals, and touring shows that open in the coming weeks. We look at what's playing and also reflect on how the theater scene here evolved and blossomed, including the late Marion Barry's role in championing theater and the arts.

New York Times Food Writer & Columnist Mark Bittman

Wed, 2014-12-10 08:06

Not everyone has the time or the interest to prepare meals like a classically-trained chef. But New York Times columnist and food writer Mark Bittman argues that cooking well and cooking fast don't have to be mutually exclusive - and that the breakneck pace of modern life doesn't have to be incompatible with eating well and eating healthy. He joins Kojo to explore how we can benefit individually by learning to cook fast - and how our society can benefit collectively by putting food front and center as a matter of public policy.

Local Impacts of Congressional Omnibus Spending Bill

Wed, 2014-12-10 07:06

Congressional appropriators have reached a deal to fund the federal government through September — with some perks for local jurisdictions but also some roadblocks. The measure would help buy new rail cars for Metro but would block D.C.'s recreational marijuana legalization. We examine local impacts of the spending plan.

Local Impacts of Congress' Omnibus Spending Bill

Wed, 2014-12-10 07:06

Congressional appropriators have reached a deal to fund the federal government through September — with some perks for local jurisdictions but also some roadblocks. The measure would help buy new rail cars for Metro but would block D.C.'s recreational marijuana legalization. We examine local impacts of the spending plan.

Local Impacts of Congress's Omnibus Spending Bill

Wed, 2014-12-10 07:06

Congressional appropriators have reached deal to fund the federal government through September -- with some perks for local jurisdictions but also some roadblocks. The measure would help buy new rail cars for Metro but would block DC's recreational marijuana legalization. We examine local impacts of the spending plan.

Why Americans Give Up Their Citizenship

Wed, 2014-12-10 07:06

For many, a U.S. citizenship is invaluable, but in 2013 the number of Americans giving up the rights associated with it – of their own free will – tripled. Some expect the figure for this year to be larger still because of new, stricter tax laws, despite a five-fold increase in the fee you must pay to officially realign your nationality. We consider the factors pushing American expats to renounce their citizenship.

"Glimpsing Heaven:" The Science and Stories of Post-Death Experiences

Tue, 2014-12-09 08:32

It's one of the most mysterious -- yet divisive -- questions facing mankind: What happens after we die? For centuries, stories of those who suffered clinical death and came back to life with memories of other-worldly encounters were either ignored, suppressed, or dismissed by scientists as hallucinations. But the increasing use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, backed by a body of worldwide research, is lending scientific heft to a subject once thought untouchable. Kojo explores the stories and science behind post-death experiences, and finds out how these encounters change both patients and doctors.

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