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Fenty Names a New Technology Officer

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The District has named its new chief technology officer. Bryan Sivak has been tapped by Mayor Fenty to take over a city agency that was rocked by a kickback scandal earlier this year. The 34-year-old previously worked for Inquira and Electric Knowledge two California technology companies that specialize in IT solutions and web searches. Sivak says he hopes to bring those skills to the office of the chief technology officer or OCTO.

The previous head of OCTO, Vivek Kundra, left in March to become the top technology official for the Obama Administration. Sivak will have to be confirmed by the D.C. Council.

Patrick Madden reports...

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

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