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Shaping the City: Washington Memorials

A prominent family, a famous architect, and Washington's historic cityscape are at the center of a controversy over the proposed Eisenhower memorial. The commission that selected Frank Gehry's design concept did so despite objections from the Eisenhower family and other vocal critics of the proposal. Yet every major monument in Washington, including the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, faced harsh critics initially. We explore the renewed debate over how we memorialize great Americans in the nation's capital.

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Architect Frank Gehry speaks to the National Capital Planning Commission on his design team's direction for the Eisenhower memorial design in 2010:


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Gunn, the mentor to young designers on Project Runway, has been a teacher and educator for decades. But he spent his childhood "absolutely hating, hating, hating, hating school," he says.

How Do We Get To Love At 'First Bite'?

It's the season of food, and British food writer Bee Wilson has a book on how our food tastes are formed. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her new book, "First Bite: How We Learn to Eat."

Osceola At The 50-Yard Line

The Seminole Tribe of Florida works with Florida State University to ensure it that its football team accurately presents Seminole traditions and imagery.

Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

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