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The Politics Hour - March 14, 2014

Federal prosecutors push a massive corruption case in the District that implicates the mayor in campaign crimes. Virginia's legislature officially heads into overtime. And a federal inspector is enlisted to review Maryland's troubled online health exchange. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

David Catania On Launching His Mayoral Race

D.C. Council member David Catania threw his hat into the mayoral race this week. The announcement came two days after federal prosecutors said D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray knew that his 2010 campaign received illegal donations. Kojo asked Catania how he responded to critics who say Catania is an opportunist because of the timing of his election bid. "I'd like to believe I had some degree of clairvoyance...this was simply a coincidence," Catania said.

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If Robots 'Speak,' Will We Listen? Novel Imagines A Future Changed By AI

As artificial intelligence alters human connection, Louisa Hall's characters wrestle with whether machines can truly feel. Some "feel they have to stand up for a robot's right to exist," Hall says.
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Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.
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A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

When the U.S. reopens its embassy in Havana, it will increase its staff. That should mean more help for American businesses hoping to gain a foothold on the Communist island.
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In A Twist, Tech Companies Are Outsourcing Computer Work To ... Humans

A new trend is sweeping the tech world: hiring real people. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Wired reporter Julia Greenberg about why tech giants are learning to trust human instinct instead of algorithms.

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