: News

New National Mall Director to Oversee $50 Million in Improvements

Play associated audio

The National Mall is about to get some major improvements -- and now it also has a new director who'll oversee the changes. The National Mall's new director -- John Piltzecker -- served for the past year as the chief of staff for the National Park Service. But early in his career, he patrolled the National Mall as a seasonal park ranger -- and so he may have heard some of the complaints tourists like Bill Lawley have about "America's Front Yard." "Lawns needs to be greener, water needs to be cleaner," Lawley says. The water -- especially the water in the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial -- may be getting some help. Some of the $50 million in stimulus money set aside for the National Mall -- will go towards engineering a circulation system for the pool to keep the water clear of debris and algae. As labor day crowds stroll around the green and stagnant pool -- Lucas Fletcher, visiting from New Hampshire -- says the mall needs a lot of work. "Fifty million seems like a lot, but then when you consider where money goes everywhere else, it doesn't seem like a lot," Fletcher says. Work is expected to begin during the next year. Jonathan Wilson reports...

NPR

'Neither Snow Nor Rain' Celebrates History Of U.S. Postal Service

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Devin Leonard whose new book, Neither Snow Nor Rain, celebrates the history of the U.S. Postal Service.
WAMU 88.5

Should Local Restaurants Retire The Phrase, "Farm To Table?"

Where does Washington restaurant food really come from? Kojo explores how the phrase "farm to table" is used and discusses whether it should be retired altogether.

WAMU 88.5

The Results Of Tuesday's Indiana Primaries

Guest host Lisa Desjardins talks with NPR's Ron Elving about what the results of Tuesday's primaries in Indiana mean for the 2016 presidential race.

NPR

China Investigates Search Engine Baidu After Student Dies Of Cancer

A college student accused China's largest search engine, Baidu, of misleading him to a fraudulent cancer treatment. He died in April.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.