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Maryland's Schools Superintendent Talks "Race To The Top"

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Dr. Nancy Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools for Maryland
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Dr. Nancy Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools for Maryland

Education leaders across the country are watching closely to find out who will be the winners in the first round of the Obama Administration’s $4 billion Race to the Top school funding contest. But one thing is clear: Maryland won’t be one of them. The state didn't apply. WAMU’s Jessica Gould sat down with Maryland’s top education leader, in her office in downtown Baltimore, to find out why.

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Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.
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Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

The stripped-down look of exposed brick, poured cement floors, and Edison light bulbs is popular in restaurants across America. One reporter dares to ask, "Seriously, why?"
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Why Local Nonprofits Haven't Fixed Poverty

As long as there has been poverty, there have been people trying to end it. We explore the obstacles and inefficiencies local nonprofits run into when trying to solve society's stubborn problem.

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Can We Trust Our Cars?

There were more airbag recalls this week, and VW has agreed to pay nearly fifteen billion in its emissions cheating scandal. Meanwhile, cars with driverless technology are becoming available, but whether they will make us safer is up for debate. A look at auto safety and consumer trust.

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