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Sanctuary, Not Just Shelter: A New Type Of Housing For The Homeless

Combating homelessness isn't just about shelter. Lately, some affordable housing projects are getting decidedly upscale — to help residents heal, adjust and build bonds with their new neighbors.

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The Modernization Of D.C.'s Public Libraries

Richard Reyes-Gavilan will oversee the modernization of D.C.'s main library branch. We'll sit down with him to discuss his plans and to see what a local library of the future will look like.

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Reston, Va. And The Legacy Of The Planned Suburb

Robert Simon left behind a legacy in Reston, Va., that continues to influence how neighborhoods are conceived and developed.

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Workers Are Tearing Down Tokyo's Hotel Okura, And History's Going With It

The landmark Hotel Okura's design didn't meet the need for more rooms for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Now, an icon of Japanese mid-century modern architecture will disappear.
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Gentrification's Latest Victim? D.C.'s Historic Murals

What happens when a street mural featuring Marvin Gaye or Frederick Douglass, two of the city's most famous African American residents, is knocked down or covered up to make room for a shiny new apartment building? We explore D.C.'s disappearing historic murals and what they reveal about the city's changing neighborhood demographics.

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Doomsday For The Dunes Of Plastic Balls: The End Comes For 'The Beach'

Dozens of volunteers moved more than 750,000 plastic balls this week from the National Building Museum's Beach installation to Dupont Underground, a creative arts institution in Washington, D.C.

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Frank Gehry's Lifelong Challenge: To Create Buildings That Move

With sculptural swoops and sweeps, Gehry, now 86, changed the course of architecture. Paul Goldberger, who has known the architect for 40 years, has written a new biography called Building Art.
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Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu On The Museum's Vision Beyond D.C.

We speak with the Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Melissa Chiu about the future of the museum, and why she embraces the art world well beyond DC's borders.

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Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace (Rebroadcast)

Like the nature of white-collar work itself, the concept and design of the office has evolved over more than a century, from the counting-houses of nineteenth-century clerks to the cubicles we love to hate. Author Nikil Saval joins us to explore the history of our workspaces.

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The Islamic State’s Destruction of Antiquities And How it Fits With A Broader Strategy For Power

Islamic State militants have blown up the ancient temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra and beheaded a renowned antiquities scholar. We look at recent atrocities by ISIS and the terror group’s broader strategy for power.

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