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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 8

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Seldom does one see the work of a painter, who is also an adept bed sheet manipulator, on display in Northwest Washington.
Mariah Anne Johnson
Seldom does one see the work of a painter, who is also an adept bed sheet manipulator, on display in Northwest Washington.

(Oct. 8) Take that, Ikea!

When you're buying furniture you want to think long term, and when you're installing furniture in your museum it's pretty much the same deal. The National Gallery of Art opened a new permanent installation yesterday: Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection features nearly 100 examples of early American furniture from the 18th and early-19th centuries.

(Oct. 8-Nov. 3) In the Pines

Washington artist Mariah Anne Johnson is both a painter and a bed sheet manipulator. She's drawing on both of those skills to transform Northwest's Flashpoint Gallery into childhood memories of her grandmother's house and the surrounding woods in Hot Springs, Arkansas. In the Pines invites viewers into a carefully constructed forest of vertically hung bed sheets and acid toned paintings through early November.

(Oct. 10) What makes American art American?

Critic, and commentator Adam Gopnik drops by the American Art Museum Wednesday evening to lead a lecture better had at no other venue. The staff writer at The New Yorker reflects on what makes American art American...at the American Art Museum. It's perfect!

Music: "Lowdown Popcorn [Buttered Version]" by James Brown

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Meet William Merritt Chase, The Man Who Taught America's Masters

Chase taught some of America's greatest artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe and Edward Hopper. On the centennial of the great teacher's death, a new exhibit in Washington, D.C., celebrates his life.
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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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