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Volkswagen Gives $10 Million For National Mall Restoration Efforts

The renovation of the National Mall will be funded in part by a $10 million donation from Volkswagen.
The renovation of the National Mall will be funded in part by a $10 million donation from Volkswagen.

A German carmaker is handing over a $10 million gift to help restore parts of the National Mall.

Volkswagen of America is giving the money to the nonprofit Trust for the National Mall, which has planned ambitious renovations including the building of lakeside gardens, grassy amphitheatres and restaurants with views of the memorials. 

Volkswagen of America CEO Jonathan Browning says he was shocked to see the poor conditions around the Jefferson Memorial, which included dead grass and cracked sidewalks. Part of the ongoing problem is that the National Mall wasn't designed to accomodate the number of visitors it receives each year; more people visit the Mall annually than Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone combined.

Volkswagen's donation is the largest private gift ever given for restoration on the Mall, though in January 2012 philanthropist David Rubenstein gave $7.5 million to start repairs on the Washington Monument, which was damaged by an August 2011 earthquake.

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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.

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Exelon's Chief Strategy Officer On Its Proposed Takeover Of Pepco

Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Another year is coming to a close and the Computer Guys And Gal are here to discuss this year's biggest technology news, including the growth of virtual reality and the "Internet of Things."

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