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D.C. Gigs: Recovering Memories at NPS

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Bob Sonderman has been working for the National Park Service for more than two decades. He oversees the collection and preservation of objects recovered on National Park Service land throughout the region.
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Bob Sonderman has been working for the National Park Service for more than two decades. He oversees the collection and preservation of objects recovered on National Park Service land throughout the region.

Every year, visitors leave thousands of objects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. But when one of these items disappears, chances are it hasn't been thrown away. In our regular segment, "D.C. Gigs," producer Marc Adams takes us to a National Park Service facility the size of a football field, where Museum Resource Center Director Bob Sonderman talks about the challenges of preserving the vast amount of memorabilia recovered from the region.

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Lawsuit Will Decide Who Owns 'Star Trek' Language Klingon

Paramount Pictures holds the copyright to Klingon, spoken by some characters in "Star Trek." The Language Creation Society is arguing Klingon is a real language, and is therefore not copyrightable.
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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
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The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

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U.S. Steel Says China Is Using Cyber Stealth To Steal Its Secrets

The steelmaker is asking a U.S. agency to investigate its claims that the Chinese government not only dumps steel at unfair prices, but also uses computer hackers to steal intellectual property.

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