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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 10

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Hong Kong's Chubby Can Kill screens Friday at the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theater.
Asian-Pacific American Film Festival
Hong Kong's Chubby Can Kill screens Friday at the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theater.

(Oct. 10-16) Celebrating American craftsmanship

It's American Craft Week. If you'd like to celebrate with a sampling of some of the region's finest handiwork there's a selection of glass, metal, wood, ceramic and even kaleidoscope works showing in Appalachian Spring Masters. The pieces are on display through the end of the month at Appalachian Spring locations in Northwest Washington, Reston and Rockville.

(Oct. 10-Nov. 6) Your own private rapturous Idaho

A Bright New Boise opens today at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Northwest. Samuel D. Hunter's contemporary comedy has one character calling for the final reckoning in the parking lot of an Idaho craft store while a couple of coworkers deal with their own existential crises inside.

(Oct. 6-15) Amazain films

For some films infused with plenty of Asian flavor there's Washington's Asian-Pacific American Film Festival at a number of venues in Northwest. Films short and long from all over that continent and this one are screening through Saturday. There's a spotlight on Taiwanese film Thursday at E Street Cinema on 11th Street.

Music: "Bare Feast" by Ratatat

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Smithsonian Sets Phasers To Restore On Original Starship Enterprise

The Starship Enterprise — from the original Star Trek series — has gotten a restoration fit for a real life spacecraft. It goes on display this week at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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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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