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It's been more than twenty years since the death of pop artist Andy Warhol, but his legacy is still up for debate. He's the topic of several exhibitions in D.C. this fall, including the National Gallery of Art's first one-man Warhol show, "Headlines." NPR's Susan Stamberg takes us inside the exhibit, which features a series of paintings he made of Page One tabloid headlines.
[Music: "I'll Be Your Mirror" by The Velvet Underground/"Heroin" by Nico]
Moulah. Smackers. Cabbage. Dough. This week we're all about the thing that "makes the world go round": Money. We'll meet an entrepreneur who has her foot in the entrepreneurial door... at the tender age of 11. We'll interview a woman who's clawing her way back from the brink of personal and financial ruin. We'll hear how money -- and the lack thereof -- is affecting clean-up in the Chesapeake Bay, and the new arts season in D.C. Plus, we'll catch up with clipboard-carrying canvassers...
Starting your own business can be challenging enough, let alone when you've just entered 6th grade. 11-year-old Gabrielle Jordan Williams is CEO and founder of Jewelz of Jordan, and she's written a new book she hopes will inspire other kids to follow in her footsteps.
What does budgeting look like when you only have a few dollars in your pocket? Ask Carol Unger -- a 45-year-old homeless woman living in a shelter in Northwest D.C. -- about how she gets through the day and makes do in the leanest of times.
The Chesapeake blue crab has long been part of Maryland's identity. But the watermen who pull these crabs from the depths of the Bay say it's almost impossible to make a living at their trade these days. So some of them have formed the Blue Crab Design Team, to come up with a solution. Bryan Russo attends one of their monthly meetings on the Eastern Shore, and brings us the waterman's perspective on an iconic way of life.
[Music: "Sea of Love" by Tom Waits from Brawlers /...
For nearly 20 years, Metro has provided door-to-door rides for disabled people who can't use the system's bus or rail service. The program is expensive, and some riders say the cost isn't necessarily resulting in a top-notch product. Jim Hilgen learns more about the MetroAccess program, and why it's so difficult to improve the public transit experience for disabled commuters.
[Music: "A to B" by The Futureheads from The Futureheads / "Money" by Pickin' On Series from Pickin' on...
You can't walk down certain D.C. streets without getting hit up for a donation from an eager canvasser for a nonprofit organization. It often seems no one stops to talk to them, much less donate money, so just what it is it that drives people to take jobs that bring so much rejection?
Get ready for an audio scavenger hunt, as we search for things that have gone missing -- from a pig's head to a prosthetic leg. We'll visit a neighborhood that vanished a century ago, and rummage through the lost and found bin at Reagan National Airport. Plus, we meet a man who discovered a new path after his father went to prison.
Can you imagine your own superhero? That's the question author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka posed to kids on a recent afternoon at a school in Washington, D.C. Krosoczka also described how he overcame a difficult childhood to become the author of the beloved Lunch Lady series.
After Oprah Winfrey's friend and health adviser learned that 90 percent of the food on Maui is flown or shipped in from outside, he convinced her to turn a portion of her estate on the island into a farm. Winfrey is giving away the food she's now growing on 16 acres of land, but it may soon be for sale.
The state is turning down an estimated $100 billion of federal funds that would have paid for health care coverage for more than a million poor Texans. For Gov. Rick Perry and the state's Republican-dominated Legislature, the potential appearance of supporting "Obamacare" was too much.
A 3-D printer is being credited with helping to save an Ohio baby's life, after doctors "printed" a tube to support a weak airway that caused him to stop breathing. The innovative procedure has allowed Kaiba Gionfriddo, of Youngstown, Ohio, to stay off a ventilator for more than a year.
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