: News

Closer To Building Smithsonian Museum Of African American History And Culture

Play associated audio
The image above shows how the exterior of the upcoming Museum of African-American History and Culture will look.
National Capital Planning Commission
The image above shows how the exterior of the upcoming Museum of African-American History and Culture will look.

By Jamila Bey

National Capital Planning Commissioners had their first look at plans for the Museum of African American History and Culture.

The museum will sit on five acres bounded by Constitution and Madison Avenues and 14th and 15th streets. And while a number of commissioners praised the design, they also said they're concerned about maintaining the character of buildings already there. David Adjaye, lead architect, says his team did consider what he calls the "the majesty of the space."

The museum is expected to cost approximately $500 million, and the architects have another six months to work before submitting their final plan.

NPR

Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
NPR

The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
WAMU 88.5

The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

NPR

Do You Like Me? Swiping Leads To Spike In Online Dating For Young Adults

A study by the Pew Research Center finds the use of online dating sites has mushroomed in the past few years, particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds.

Leave a Comment

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