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(Dec. 13) BATTLE OF THE BULGE WITH BELGIAN GUIDES

The Battle of the Bulge began 66 years ago this week. The Kennedy Center and Washington's Choral Arts pay tribute to the veterans of the costly conflict this evening with the help of The Royal Band of the Belgian Guides. The 103-member symphonic powerhouse has been performing classical, romantic, and contemporary compositions since 1832.

(Dec. 13) MOVING IN NEW DIRECTIONS

The Smithsonian American Art Museum pays tribute to changeable art in its latest collection of video and time-based works. The exhibition showcases early experiments with video, reworkings of Nintendo games, and other forays into art making with modern media. Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image stays put for the foreseeable future at 8th and F Streets in Northwest Washington.

(Dec. 14) OJOS CERRADOS

The Closed Eyes of Latin America chronicles how multinational corporations have affected the environment in nations south of the border. The Argentinean documentary screens tomorrow evening at the Bolivarian Hall on Massachusetts Avenue.

Background music: A Poor Man's Memory by Explosions in the Sky.

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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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