WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

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    Shaping The City: Design Review And Civic Art

    In some parts of our region, a panel of esteemed architects reviews design plans for new buildings before they go up. But in most areas, anything goes -- aesthetically speaking. Kojo looks at how design review has shaped the Mall and the federal landscape in Washington, and asks whether similar pre-screening could turn mediocre architecture into award-winning construction elsewhere in D.C. and the region.

    100 Years Of The U.S. Commission Of Fine Arts

    Roger Lewis Design Review Cartoons

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    Comic-Con Has Become Poké-Con

    At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, one of the biggest phenomena isn't just inside the convention center, it's all around: Swarms of people staring at their phones as they play Pokémon Go.
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    Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

    Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
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    In Kaine, Clinton Gains A Swing-State Spanish Speaker

    Who is Tim Kaine, and what does he bring to the Democratic presidential ticket? NPR's Mara Liasson provides answers.
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    Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

    Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

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