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Shaping The City: The National Mall As America's Gathering Place

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we explore the role of the National Mall in hosting landmark events past, present and future.

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The Multimillion-Dollar Snafu Over $100 Bills

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.
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For The Love Of Beer: How Empty Cans Made A House A Home

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.
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Shaping The City: Big Box Goes Urban

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.

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Elliott Holt: "You Are One Of Them"

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.

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Corcoran Exhibit Sees D.C. Through The Eyes of Outer-Space Aliens

A new exhibit at the Corcoran explores the nation's capital with the help of extraterrestrial tour guides.

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Shaping The City: Design Review And Civic Art

Kojo explores how architectural design review has shaped the federal buildings and monuments in our area, and how broader use of design review panels could alter the aesthetics across the region.

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World's Shortest Business Brief: The Smoffice

Contest results are in for the world's smallest office.
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Post Recession, Architects Return To The Drawing Board

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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Bubble Burst? The Hirshhorn At A Crossroads

The "Hirshhorn Bubble" was supposed to transform an iconic building along the National Mall. But the project is now in jeopardy.

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