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How A Bald-Faced Bluff May Have Saved Reagan National Airport After 9/11

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Reagan National Airport is bustling now, but it was almost permanently closed in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks.
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Reagan National Airport is bustling now, but it was almost permanently closed in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks.

At almost any time on almost any day, an airport is filled with sounds: PA announcements over the loudspeakers, the omnipresent click-clack of rolling luggage and, of course, the airplanes themselves.

But for several weeks after the September 11th attacks, the airport, was empty.

With the 9th anniversary of the attacks coming up, David Schultz has this story of just how close Reagan National came to being closed forever.

NPR

'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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