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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    Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

    Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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    'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

    Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries around the world and even considered popular currency in American prisons.
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    Rating The United States On Child Care

    A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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    Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

    To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

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