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'I Couldn't Read the Words': Boosting Adult Literacy in D.C.

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Two adult-literacy students sort through syllable flashcards at the Washington Literacy Council.
Emily Friedman
Two adult-literacy students sort through syllable flashcards at the Washington Literacy Council.

Washington, D.C., attracts some of the most educated, literate individuals in the country. But for every Ph.D., there are many more District residents who just struggle to read. In fact, more than one-third of D.C. residents lack basic literacy skills -- 20 percent higher than the national average. Emily Friedman finds out what's being done to help clean up the record.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

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