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Missing Class: Student Truancy in D.C.

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D.C. Chief of Police Cathy Lanier (front, left); State Superintendent Hosanna Mahaley(front, center); and DCPS acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson (front, right) discuss truancy at a conference in March.
Kavitha Cardoza
D.C. Chief of Police Cathy Lanier (front, left); State Superintendent Hosanna Mahaley(front, center); and DCPS acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson (front, right) discuss truancy at a conference in March.

Sometimes you shouldn't come out and play...like if you're supposed to be in school. Twenty percent of D.C. school children are truant, so community leaders are coming together to try and reduce that percentage. But as education reporter Kavitha Cardoza tells host Rebecca Sheir, this conversation is the same one they've been having for years. So what's to be done?

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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

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$81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist Sparks Push For Stepped-Up Cybersecurity

The head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication acknowledged at least two security breaches in addition to February's spectacular theft involving Bangladesh's central bank.

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