WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

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Oligarchy in Washington?

What kind of government do we really have in Washington?Researchers at Princeton and Northwestern universities examined nearly 1,800 government policies enacted between 1981 and 2002, comparing them to the expressed preferences of Americans in middle and upper income brackets. They concluded that economic elites and business interests have substantial impact on policy making, while other movements have limited influence. Kojo chats with one of the people behind the study about whether the American idea isn't the one actually at work in D.C.

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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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