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Helping Homeowners In Boston, Mass.

Boston Building Resources started in 1978 as a consumer co-op to help people insulate their homes more affordably.

Fifteen years later, the organization launched a nonprofit Reuse Center where high-quality used and surplus building materials can be donated and made available to low- and moderate-income homeowners.

Donated materials range from full cabinet sets to sinks, molding and hardware. At Saturday workshops, homeowners learn skills such as tiling and window repair. Residents not only can access more affordable materials — new and used — but also can develop skills to improve their homes and communities.

Deb Beatty Mel is a staff member at Boston Building Resources. She listens to WBUR.

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Lawsuit Will Decide Who Owns 'Star Trek' Language Klingon

Paramount Pictures holds the copyright to Klingon, spoken by some characters in "Star Trek." The Language Creation Society is arguing Klingon is a real language, and is therefore not copyrightable.
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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
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The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

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Weighing The Good And The Bad Of Autonomous Killer Robots In Battle

It sounds like science fiction, but it's a very real and contentious debate that is making its way through the U.N. Advocates of a ban want all military weapons to be under "meaningful human control."

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