WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

What's Next For D.C. Budget Autonomy

This past April, D.C. voters approved a referendum that would give the District autonomy over its budget starting in January 2014. But eight months later, the legality of the referendum is still in question. The debate centers on whether the city government has any power to change the relationship between Congress and D.C. that's stipulated by federal law. We discuss the referendum's status, reflect on gains for D.C. autonomy in 2013 and consider what's ahead in the new year.

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Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.
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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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Of The 900 Or So People Running For President, At Least 1 Of Them Is Nuts

A small group of presidential hopefuls get most of the media attention, but there are a lot of unknown people who also want the top job and filed the necessary paperwork. One of them is Deez Nuts.
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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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