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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    He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

    When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
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    The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

    Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
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    State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

    Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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    A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

    An artist has designed a robot that purposefully defies Isaac Asimov's law that "a robot may not harm humanity" — to bring urgency to the discussion about self-driving and other smart technology.

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