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Pr. George's County May Get Its Own Inspector General's Office

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In Maryland, Prince George's County executive Rushern Baker has taken the first steps towards establishing a watchdog agency for county government. The new county executive promised during his campaign to set up an inspector general's office for the county.

It is part of Baker's pledge to clean up county politics. Last week, he asked former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke and a retired county circuit judge to lead a task force that would examine the prospect of permanent inspector general's office.

The move to create a county watchdog comes as the previous county executive, Jack Johnson, and his wife face federal corruption charges.

Its not clear how the county will pay for the watchdog office. But if it is established, Prince George's would join a small number of local governments that have an internal watchdog agency.

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'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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