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Montgomery County Bans Road Sealants With Harsh Chemicals

The Montgomery County Council unanimously passed a ban on roadway sealants that contain coal tar Tuesday. It passed despite opposition from some private contractors who use sealants that contain coal tar, which is listed as a "possible" human carcinogen by the federal EPA.

"These coal tar pavement products, which are not even being used by our county department of transportation because of the concerns that they have, why would we then allow for them to be used by private residents when we as a county wouldn't do that?" Council member Craig Rice,  sponsor of the bill, said Tuesday. 

Last year, elevated levels of pollution thought to be caused by sealants with coal tar were found in sediment in a lake in Montgomery Village.

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Villainous Scheme Makes Dozens A Few Minutes Late

A 40-foot inflatable "minion" — the yellow, unintelligible sidekicks from the Despicable Me movies who recently were given their own spinoff — broke loose and blocked traffic in Dublin this week.
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The Surprising Roots of Barbecue

We speak with culinary historian Michael Twitty about the roots of familiar southern dishes in African and Native American food traditions.

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President Obama's Iran Speech

Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb joins us to discuss the parallels between JFK's nuclear disarmament speech fifty years ago and President Obama's speech on the nuclear deal with Iran.

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The Future Of D.C. Taxis: Ernest Chrappah Discusses Competition And Change

Chrappah’s vision is to transition the commission into a nimble, innovating agency. He discussed those goals and the related challenges with WAMU 88.5's Martin Di Caro.

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