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State Of Downtown D.C. 2009 Report Shows Some Areas Showed Growth

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By Kavitha Cardoza

In spite of a poor economy in 2009, several areas of the downtown D.C. economy thrived.

The State of Downtown report shows D.C. hasn't been immune to the troubled economy. There were jobs lost and far more office space lying vacant than in previous years. But Richard Bradley, head of the Downtown Business Improvement District, says there were also many positives, including an increase in tourists and record hotel revenues.

"Markets are beginning to rebound significantly, particularly the residential market," he says. "We're out of one bedroom condos. We've added restaurants downtown and while the employment was off slightly, it was less than anywhere else."

Bradley says improving transportation and public education issues are critical to attract more workers to D.C.

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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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