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Shaping The City: The National Mall As America's Gathering Place

With more visitors than Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon combined, the National Mall is sometimes called the nation's front yard. But it's hard to keep your yard looking good when 22 million people tromp across it each year. As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in 1963, we explore the challenges of maintaining the Mall as both the country's most-visited open space and its favorite place to protest.

Time Lapse - Inauguration Day 2013 On The Mall

Time Lapse - National Mall From The Top Of The Washington Monument

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For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed

Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.
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#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.
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Donald Trump In 9 Quotes And 200 Seconds

Trump took his act on the road to Tennessee, where he thrilled a conservative audience with an off-the-cuff routine that bordered on stand-up comedy.
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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

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