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Winners To Be Announced In National Mall Design Contest

The Trust for the National Mall has selected winners in a design competition for three sites on the National Mall.

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Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor"

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

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Shaping The City: Architecture And Travel

Across the nation and around the globe, many cities are home to both familiar and unknown architectural gems. Which are the amazing streetscapes and buildings you shouldn't miss? We'll find out.

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A New Look at a Cold Case

In 1984, the brutal killing of a mother of six gripped D.C. Eight young men were convicted and sent to prison. On Monday, a judge will begin hearings on whether those convicted should get a new trial--or even be exonerated. We speak with...

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Back To The Future: Seattle's Space Needle Turns 50

Originally built as a tourist attraction for the 1962 World's Fair, the Needle's design was inspired by an abstract sculpture of a dancer. As the city celebrates the structure's golden anniversary, the Jetsons-era tower is getting a fresh coat of paint to return to its original glow. "You still kind of believe in that future," says one fan.
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The Challenges Of Reviving A Legendary Theatre

The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC was once teeming with top entertainers and fans, but after it closed, debris piled up, and animals took shelter in the seats. Michael Marshall and Paola Moya were later tasked with redesigning the interior. They adorned walls in walnut panels and flanked the stage with hi-definition screens. They talk with host Michel Martin.
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Virginia State Capitol Heading To PBS

The Virginia State Capitol will be featured in a PBS television special highlighting the 10 most influential buildings in America.
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National Mall Designs On Display At Smithsonian

The finalists in an ambitious design competition aimed at redesigning overlooked sites in and near the National Mall will be on display at the Smithsonian Castle this week.

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