WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Politics Hour - Jan. 24, 2014

It's been a big week in Virgina politics. The commonwealth's new attorney general does a U-turn on gay marriage and the state's constitutional ban. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are indicted in federal court over a gift scandal. And a three-way runoff election puts another democrat in the State Senate, which could tip the balance of power. 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 member and mayoral candidate Jack Evans discussed his positions on Nationals stadium and the potential for new D.C. United and Redskins stadiums. On a new soccer stadium, Evans said he supports the broad outlines of a deal, including where it would be constructed. He said it's an "excellent idea" to bring the Redskins back to D.C. by building a new space at the R.F.K. Stadium site. While Evans agrees the football team should change its controversial name, he said a new stadium shouldn't be contingent on a name change.

Reversing Course On Gay Marriage In Virginia

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring joined The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Jan. 23 to explain his decision to challenge the commonwealth's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

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Smithsonian Sets Phasers To Restore On Original Starship Enterprise

The Starship Enterprise — from the original Star Trek series — has gotten a restoration fit for a real life spacecraft. It goes on display this week at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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