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The Mount Pleasant Riots, Decades Later (Originally Broadcast 4/29/2011)

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Mount Pleasant rioters destroyed more than 20 police vehicles, costing MPD more than $600,000 in damages alone.
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Mount Pleasant rioters destroyed more than 20 police vehicles, costing MPD more than $600,000 in damages alone.

The Mount Pleasant Riots aren't well known even for many people who live in D.C. In 1991, Two days of rioting ensued after a rookie police officer shot a male Salvadoran immigrant for drinking in public. Angry, and tired of feeling misunderstood, young Latinos lit the streets on fire. Emily Friedman talks with people who witnessed the riots to find out how the turmoil forever changed the Latino community in the nation's capital.

[Music: "In a Sentimental Mood" by Duke Ellington & John Coltrane from Duke Ellington & John Coltrane / "Thanks for the Memory" by Various Artists from Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 13 - TV Town]

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 30, 2015

Folk music descends on Vienna this weekend. Elsewhere in Virginia, jazz music takes over a performing arts venue. 


You Say Striped Bass, I Say Rockfish. What's In A Fish Name?

Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.


Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Whet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.

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