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Prediction

Our panelists predict, now that Amazon is going to use them, what other companies will start using drones.
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Family Fun For Winter Break

Whether you've got relatives in town for the holidays or need to entertain the kids over winter break, we've got some ideas for fun and unusual things to do in our area.

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Egyptians Poised To Vote On Controversial New Constitution

Egyptians are preparing to vote on a new constitution, again. When the last constitution was approved, President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was in power. He was ousted in July. The latest constitution was drafted by the military-backed government that ousted Morsi. Nathan Brown, who studies constitutionalism and rule of law in the Arab world, talks to Robert Siegel about what's at stake in the process, and the criticism the draft constitution has received. Brown is a professor at George Washington University and a scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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Rob Kapilow: Music Traditions And The Holidays

"What Makes It Great" creator Rob Kapilow joins Kojo to explore how tradition shapes how composers write holiday music, and how we hear it.

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The Politics Hour - Dec. 6, 2013

Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart (R) and D.C. Council Member Vincent Orange join Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.

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Wash. Judge Rules Towns Failed Poor Defendents

A big ruling on whether poor criminal defendants have the right to a lawyer came this week. A judge in Washington state finds two cities have systematically violated the rights of indigent defendants by providing them with lawyers who spent less than one hour on their cases.
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The First Time I Heard The Name 'Mandela'

The South African leader's life held special power for black Americans, who lost many iconic civil rights leaders tragically early. Karen Grigsby Bates reflects on Mandela's legacy.
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How 'Black Nativity' Made Its Way To The Big Screen

The film is one of several fall and winter offerings from Fox Searchlight — including 12 Years a Slave, Black Nativity and Baggage Claim — featuring African-American casts and themes.
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Kerry Touts U.S.-Israel Bond After Israeli Angst Over Iran Deal

Secretary of State Kerry had separate meetings with Israeli and Palestinians leaders Thursday. Much of his discussion with Prime Minister Netanyahu focused on Iran and its nuclear program. But there was also discussion of some U.S. proposals on the security aspect of an eventual peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Some in the Israeli government are highly critical of those proposals.
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Add This To The Fiscal Cliff: Congress Faces Milk Cliff Too

Congress still has a long to-do list and not much time left. The House hopes to wrap it up next week — just as the Senate returns from a Thanksgiving break. On many lawmakers' lists are efforts to complete a farm bill before milk prices go off the "dairy cliff." That on top of tough budget negotiations.

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