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President Ready To Unveil HIV-AIDS Plan

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Later today, President Obama will unveil his administration's plan to combat new cases of HIV-AIDS.

President Obama's plan is expected to have three parts, one of which will direct more money to states with higher numbers of HIV-AIDS infections. D.C. has one of the highest infection rates in the country. In 2009, three percent of city residents were reported to be HIV positive.

Walter Smith, the executive director of D.C. Appleseed, says the president's plan makes sense for the district.

"One of the things we need to do here in the District is target our resources better through our prevention techniques. So that highest risk groups are most apt to change their behaviors," says Smith.

African-American males had the highest infection rate of any demographic in D.C., at nearly seven percent. More than a third of those infected with HIV in the District don't know it, according to last year's report. Smith says making HIV tests more routine will help drive down that number.

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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.

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Exelon's Chief Strategy Officer On Its Proposed Takeover Of Pepco

Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Another year is coming to a close and the Computer Guys And Gal are here to discuss this year's biggest technology news, including the growth of virtual reality and the "Internet of Things."

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