WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Politics Hour - Feb. 21, 2014

The debate over credit card payments for D.C. cabs boils over, as a story surfaces involving the daughter of a D.C. lawmaker. Virginia's high-stakes battle over Medicaid consumes the General Assembly. And new polls indicate Maryland's lieutenant governor is running ahead of the Democratic pack in the race for Annapolis, with many questions lingering before primary day in June. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Last year, a Maryland court ruled that indigent defendants have the right to a public defender at their initial bail hearing. State administrators, including State's Attorney John McCarthy, have asked the court to throw out the ruling. "I did not favor this decision," said McCarthy, calling it "wrong headed." McCarthy said the ruling will cost half a billion dollars since it now affords a defendant the right to go before a judge with an attorney twice, rather than once, within the first 24 hours of arrest. He said he agrees with the governor's proposal to instead use risk assessment to determine whether a defendant will be released.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries — with culturally specific adaptations. The U.S., for instance, gets shorter noodles, because Americans don't slurp them up like the Japanese.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

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