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Analysis: U.S. Capitol Renovations And The D.C. Council's Lawsuit Against Mayor Gray

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The U.S. Capitol Dome is under construction for the first time in 50 years. What will that entail?
The U.S. Capitol Dome is under construction for the first time in 50 years. What will that entail?

While Congress has been out on a week-long recess, scaffolding has been creeping up around the U.S. Capitol Dome, marking the beginning of a two-year $60 million restoration project.

Meanwhile, in the news this week, the D.C. Council is suing Mayor Vincent Gray for not implementing a ballot measure that would give the District greater budget autonomy.

David Hawkings, who writes the Hawkings Here column for Roll Call, joined us to discuss both issues.

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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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