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Weekend Planner: John Waters

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Filmmaker John Waters earned his reputation outside the mainstream. And he helped put his hometown of Baltimore on the map as a hipster hot spot. But his outsider status eventually translated into hundreds of millions of dollars, and his work slowly became part of the mainstream.

Fresh on the heels of the release of his latest book, "Role Models," John Waters will perform his one-man show "This Filthy World" at Centerstage Theater in Baltimore on Thursday, June 24.

He speaks with Stephanie Kaye about whether the world really is as filthy as he says it is, and how he helped put the 'charm' in Charm City.

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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

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$81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist Sparks Push For Stepped-Up Cybersecurity

The head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication acknowledged at least two security breaches in addition to February's spectacular theft involving Bangladesh's central bank.

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