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Trombone Short at the Monterey Jazz Fest in 2010. He'll play the Louisiana Swamp Romp at Wolf Trap in Vienna on Sunday.
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Trombone Short at the Monterey Jazz Fest in 2010. He'll play the Louisiana Swamp Romp at Wolf Trap in Vienna on Sunday.

(June 4-5) Folk, Swamp Romp and 18th Street Singers

Washington welcomes Summer 2011 with music this first weekend of June:

The Washington Folk Festival showcases some of the traditional tunes, dance, and crafts that are a part of the region’s past Saturday and Sunday at Glen Echo Park.

For some traditional sounds from New Orleans, there's the Louisiana Swamp Romp at Vienna's Wolf Trap Sunday. Expect some of the best of the Big Easy’s Cajun, Blues, Zydeco and food.

The young professionals of Washington's 18th Street Singers squeeze in their annual spring concert Sunday at the Kennedy Center. The set includes major choral works, pop renditions and a commissioned composition.

(June 3-5) What the Fool?!?

If you find yourself in Baltimore this weekend, Quest Theatre Company presents "What the Fool?!?" at Theatre Project on West Preston Street. The site-specific performance is actually set at Theatre Project: The venue awakens the soul power of an otherwise bland man with a terrible comb-over.

Music: "Wade's Waltz" by Michael Doucet


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


What Information Do Intelligence Agencies Need To Keep U.S. Safe?

In the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University about what information intelligence agencies need to keep the U.S. safe.

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