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Police Uncover Renoir Painting Theft Report

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The small, unassuming landscape with a gold frame that caught the eye of a buyer at a West Virginia flea market two years back turned out to be the work of Auguste Renoir, and now it's catching the eye of law enforcement.

Baltimore police dug deep to find a 1951report of theft from the Baltimore Museum of Art describing the loss of a very similar painting.

Former FBI investigator Robert Wittman says the flea market Renoir's dimensions and composition, light brushstrokes of green and yellow surrounding a gently implied body of water, could be key in matching it to a stolen piece.

The flea market find was expected to fetch $75,000 at an auction, but that has now been postponed.

The original owner of the stolen painting died the same year her painting disappeared.

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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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