The Federal Reserve has sent 30 million newly designed $100 bills back to the printing presses this week. The new notes are already more than two years past their original circulation date. Host Scott Simon speaks with author and journalist David Wolman to find out why.
John Milkovisch's ambitions started out simple: build a place to enjoy a cold one. Throughout the 1960s and '70s, Milkovisch amassed thousands of empty beer cans, which he eventually put to use on his house in Houston.
Architect, urban planner and Washington Post columnist Roger Lewis joins Kojo to explore how big box retailers typically associated with the suburbs may soon be affecting the look and feel of urban neighborhoods in our region.
Author Elliott Holt's debut novel is rooted in Cold War D.C. and post-Soviet Russia, but raises universal questions about trust and truth. Kojo asks Holt about the nature of truth, the Cold War's pop cultural legacy and the writing process.
While some jobs are coming back in this economy, the market for many architects remains tough. There were nearly 220,000 people working in the field in 2008. Today, more than 25 percent of those jobs are gone.
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