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Video Games As Art? The Smithsonian Thinks So

The 2009 video game "Flower" was acquired by the Smithsonian.
The 2009 video game "Flower" was acquired by the Smithsonian.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has begun collecting video games for its permanent collection as part of an ongoing commitment to study and preserve such games as an artistic medium.

The museum announced this week that it acquired the 2009 game "Flower'' by Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago and the 2010 game "Halo 2600'' by Ed Fries.

Museum director Elizabeth Broun says the best video games are a great expression of art and culture. The museum says the rapid evolution of technology and the reach of video games have created a new genre in media art.

The museum says it is acquiring works that explore the boundaries of video games as an art form. It plans to acquire additional video games in the future.

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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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