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Shaping The City: Washington's Landscapes

Washington is known worldwide for the dome of the U.S. Capitol, the rotunda of the Jefferson Memorial and other signature architectural achievements. But the landscapes that surround those iconic structures -- park lands and open urban spaces -- are also a vital part of the city's identity. Architect and Washington Post columnist Roger K. Lewis returns to discuss how landscapes shape the face of Washington, and the challenge of maintaining them.

Photo Gallery: Notable Landscapes Of Washington, D.C.

From green spaces like the Smithsonian Haupt Garden and Kenilworth Park to concrete monuments such as the Air Force Memorial, the American Society of Landscape Architects has recognized a diversity of noteworthy city landscaping.

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A Hollywood Animal Trainer's Secrets For Getting Dogs To Act On Cue

Teresa Ann Miller often works with distracted performers, but the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "The dogs just thought it was a party," she says of the film's dog-pack scene.
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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Texting While Walking: Are You Cautious Or Clueless?

People who text while walking change their pace and seem to walk more cautiously, a study says. But that doesn't mean you're not a menace to yourself and others.

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