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The Politics Hour - Nov. 15, 2013

One of the closest political contests in Virginia heads toward a recount. D.C.'s mayoral candidates spar for the first time in a forum. And a gubernatorial candidate in Maryland picks a a political novice for a running mate. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson talked about the 2014 mayoral election, which includes four current Council members and Mayor Vincent Gray, who has not yet announced whether he'll run for reelection. Mendelson called it the "silly season," when candidates simplify and centralize their positions. But, Mendelson said he plans to remain neutral during the upcoming campaign. "I do not have a candidate at this time, and given the fact that I have to preside over Council meetings, chances are very high that I will not be picking favorites," he said.

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Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

NPR

Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

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