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Study Tracks How School Start Dates Affect Tourism

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 A new study by the University of Minnesota Tourism Center examines family travel patterns when school starts before Labor Day. Researchers say it will provide data for policy makers mandating a school start date.

The study found family trips of two or more nights away decreased 50 percent in August or September when the start of school was before Labor Day. It also found family overnight travel from May to September decreased 30 percent when school opened before Labor Day.

Data for the study was drawn from the American Time Use Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The university says that while past studies have asked hypothetical questions about travel, the Tourism Center study examined actual travel behavior of families in five states including Virginia, where an effort to overturn the "King's Dominion Law" mandating that schools begin after Labor Day was shot down in May.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 29, 2015

You can hear classical Indian music or learn about the Arab influences of a traditional Spanish dance form. 

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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Twitter Faces Challenges As It tries To Balance Profitability, Popularity

The social network Twitter is popular with users, but that's not enough. It also needs to be profitable, and by its 140-character nature that's a challenge.

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