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Infrastructure, Architecture And Urban Identity

The basic infrastructure of a city is part of what makes it go. But functional structures like bridges, train stations, bus shelters and telephone poles also shape what a city looks and feels like from an aesthetic perspective. Architect, urban planner and Washington Post columnist Roger Lewis joins us in studio to explore how functional infrastructure can also be beautiful architecture -- and how the combination of those elements contributes to the identity of a city.

Roger Lewis Cartoons About Infrastructure

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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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