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Goats In The Graveyard: Congressional Cemetery To Get Capra Cleaning

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Goats: Mother Nature's answer to weed-whacking and pesticides.
Goats: Mother Nature's answer to weed-whacking and pesticides.

Congressional Cemetery in Southeast D.C. is 35 acres of tombstones, mausoleums and even a 20-foot-tall totem pole. There are plenty of political animals buried there, but today the partisan elephants and donkeys will be joined by about 100 goats.

The goats will be grazing on vines, poison ivy and weeds, invasive species that have been killing the many live trees that dot the cemetery. Officials say that the goats are a greener way to weed, and they even produce their own fertilizer.

The goats will be at the cemetery for 24 hours over the next six days.


A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

It was a simple idea: Would you, our listeners, tweet us poems for National Poetry Month? Your response contained multitudes — haiku, lyrics, even one 8-year-old's ode to her dad's bald spot.
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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a shake-up of Metro's board.


'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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