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A front-runner in Maryland's 2014 campaign for governor, the current attorney general, takes heat for comments about the role of race in the contest. A veteran campaign operative in the District pleads guilty in the investigation into the controversial 2010 race for mayor. And Virginia's gubernatorial candidates carpet the airwaves with negative ads about each other. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler said his opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, has been relying on his race to get elected as governor. Gansler also said the person who recorded his controversial comments at a volunteer campaign event committed “felony wiretapping.” On The Politics Hour, Gansler expands on the issue of race and on wiretapping.

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The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."
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Author And His Daughter Cook Around The Word And You Can Too

Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.
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Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties

A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.
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Islamic State Uses Online Strategies To Get Its Message Out

Experts say the videotaped killing of journalist James Foley is part of a broader propaganda strategy by Islamist militants. The group, the Islamic State, has become a master of the video medium.

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