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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Jan. 12

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New Yorkers fight development in the documentary 'Battle for Brooklyn.'
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New Yorkers fight development in the documentary 'Battle for Brooklyn.'

(Jan. 12-Feb. 5) Taking on Shelter
Twelve of the region’s visual artists collaborate to present “Shelter” at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. Each one expresses personal interpretations of the term on canvas and paper through early February.

(Jan. 13-15) Battle for Brooklyn
A group of New Yorkers band together to try and save their shelter in Battle for Brooklyn, showing all weekend at Artisphere in Arlington. The documentary is centered around one man’s fight to prevent a new basketball arena and real estate development from being built in the heart of his Brooklyn community. Over the course of a seven-year fight he loses a fiancée, finds a wife and becomes a full-blown activist. The documentary is preceded by a short film called The Tragedy of Urban Renewal and is followed by a discussion with the directors.

(Jan. 13-15) Half-truth from Ohio
Eddie from Ohio is a folksy band from Northern Virginia. The band promises to live past that lie and win you over with harmonies, harmonicas and lyrically-driven melodies Friday through Sunday at The Birchmere in Alexandria.

Music: “Little People (Black City)” by Matthew Dear

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Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation say they've identified four men buried in the earliest English church in America.
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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of 2 miles — and can very accurately kill that person."

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