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MLK Memorial Work To Be Completed By Anniversary Of March On Washington

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Refinishing work on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial should be complete by the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, despite earlier concerns that work wouldn't be done in time.

Workers have been removing a disputed inscription from the side of a granite stone monument of King. But officials ran into problems when the main contractor on the project didn't have the insurance required to complete the work, which included sandblasting the surface with an aggregate material.

The National Park Service announced this week that workers from the Park Service's Historic Preservation Training Center are doing the work and have found a new material to use.

The project is expected to take at most a few days. The anniversary of the march is Aug. 28.

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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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