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Adapting Old Buildings for New Uses

From the old Wonder Bread bakery in Shaw to the former Hecht Co. warehouse on New York Avenue to the Old Post Office not far from the White House, vacant buildings around our region are coming back to life. Thanks to the popularity of "adaptive reuse," communities are increasingly preserving historic structures and retrofitting them for new tenants. Architect Roger Lewis joins Kojo to explore how adaptive reuse is helping to revitalize D.C.

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Kate Mulgrew: "Born With Teeth" (Rebroadcast)

Kate Mulgrew, who stars as "Red" in the Netflix TV series "Orange Is The New Black", opens up in a new memoir about her complicated family and the baby she gave away for adoption as a young woman.


Swapping The Street For The Orchard, City Dwellers Take Their Pick Of Fruit

Urban foragers don't just pick their meals from the trash; many eat only the finest, freshest produce — picked from city trees. The League of Urban Canners harvests fruit from trees to make jam.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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