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Area Realtors Cautiously Predict Recovery Next Year

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Washington-area realtors say they're cautiously optimistic that the area's real estate markets will begin recovering over the next year.

They cite a solid regional economy, low interest rates and government programs to help first-time buyers.

Compared to this time last year, home sales are up across the region, and prices are way down - 20 percent lower in some areas. If sales continue to rise, then prices will stop falling, and the market can stabilize and begin growing again, realtors say.

But there is reason to temper that optimism. Foreclosures in the metro area have begun to plateau, but they haven't quite started falling yet. And the hardest hit areas - Prince William and Prince George's counties in particular - have much further to go than Montgomery County or the District. Nobody knows for sure whether a second wave of foreclosures expected to hit other areas of the country will affect this region.

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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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