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Renwick Gallery Closing For Renovations

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery is closing for major renovations on Dec. 9, and isn't expected to reopen until 2016.

The building, which is a National Historic Landmark, hasn't seen a project this comprehensive in 40 years. The plan includes completely renewed infrastructure, the recreation of the original window configuration, and other upgrades. Part of the plan is to make the Renwick the first museum in the United States illuminated entirely by LED-lights, which officials say will reduce energy consumption by as much as 70 percent.

The exhibits and permanent collection housed in the building feature craft and decorative arts dating from the 19th-century to the present.

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A Conversation With "Broad City" Co-Star Abbi Jacobson

What do Michelle Obama, Anna Wintour and Michael Jordan carry in their bags? Abbi Jacobson imagines the things you might find in her new illustrated book, "Carry This Book." We talk to the "Broad City" co-star about what you can learn from the contents of bags—and her success creating and starring in the hit Comedy Central show.

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New Approaches To Tackling Local Youth Hunger

The First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe and other regional leaders are exploring new, innovative ways to combat local food insecurity.

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What Washington Really Thinks of the Rest of America

Kojo explores the surprising findings of a Johns Hopkins survey on what D.C.'s federal workers and unelected policy makers really think of the American public.


Social Media Company Twitter Struggles Financially

Steve Inskeep talks to Emily Bell, director for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School, about the challenges Twitter faces.

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