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(Nov. 26-Dec. 12) MARY STUART Mary, Queen of Scots, had a historical beef with her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. Their power struggle was first dramatized by German playwright Friedrich Schiller, whose tragic text is reworked in the Washington Shakespeare Company's stark presentation of Mary Stuart in Arlington through Dec. 12.

(Nov. 26-Dec. 23) A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH Visual artist Julie Wolfe is intrigued by matters of life and death. Her fascination is salient in her paintings, which present sinister creatures and violent symbols flanked by colorful floral patterns and other happy living things. Her work is featured at Northwest Washington's Hemphill Fine Arts through late December.

(Nov. 26-Dec. 19) REENTRY Baltimore's CENTERSTAGE presents ReEntry today through Dec. 19. Based on interviews with Marines and their families, the production focuses on both parties' struggles to return to normalcy after the myriad difficulties faced while apart.

Background music: The Crooked Spine by M. Ward

WAMU 88.5

Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation say they've identified four men buried in the earliest English church in America.
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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

NPR

Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of 2 miles — and can very accurately kill that person."

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