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Solar Panels Within Reach For D.C. Residents

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Using solar panels to save on electric bills is becoming increasingly common around the District, but solar thermal is a little harder to find. Solar thermal panels use heat from the sun to warm a home or run a water heater.

There are also systems that use special windows to absorb heat. They're a little harder to find in D.C. in part because there haven't been local subsidies for them, until now.

The District is now offering to pay for 20 percent of up to $5,000 of an installation. On top of that, there's a federal tax credit that will pay for a third of the cost. When all is said and done, contractors estimate the total cost for a system would be around $4,000. After that, heating the home would be free.

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In Iran, A Poet's 700-Year-Old Verses Still Set Hearts Aflame

The 14th century Persian poet Hafez remains venerated in Iran, even though he wrote of wine, romance and other topics not necessarily welcome in today's Islamic Republic.
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Buy Crop Insurance, Double Your Money

The nation's crop insurance program is really a lottery, says one economist. And it's rigged so that farmers win. In fact, farmers typically get back double the money they pay for premiums.
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The Politics Hour - February 12, 2016

D.C. Council Member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood to chat about her upcoming fight for re-election.

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Do You Like Me? Swiping Leads To Spike In Online Dating For Young Adults

A study by the Pew Research Center finds the use of online dating sites has mushroomed in the past few years, particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds.

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