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(Dec. 30) SECOND CITY IN CHARM CITY Charm City gets some laughs courtesy of Second City Thursday night through late February. Chicago's seminal improvisational comedy institution has churned out some of the biggest names in laughter. They bring a Baltimore-specific production to Center Stage on North Calvert Street.

(Dec. 31) NYE@KC If you're ready to ring in 2011, but still lacking the right place for the celebration, there's New Year's Eve at the Kennedy Center Friday at 8:30 p.m. For the 16th year, The Kennedy Center switches out calendars with classical compositions courtesy of the National Symphony Orchestra and some dancing in the grand foyer well into the morning.

(Dec. 30-Jan. 9) MYSTERY MOUSTRAP If you like to close out the year or begin new ones with mystery, there's "The Mousetrap" at 1st Stage in McLean, Va., through Jan. 9. All the usual ingredients are present in Agatha Christie's whodunit: a well-intentioned couple with a guesthouse, a number of guests, a crippling storm and a murder.

Music: "Boyd's Journey" by Damon Albarn and Michael Nyman

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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

It was a simple idea: Would you, our listeners, tweet us poems for National Poetry Month? Your response contained multitudes — haiku, lyrics, even one 8-year-old's ode to her dad's bald spot.
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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a shake-up of Metro's board.

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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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