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D.C.'s LGBT Marching Band Follows Its Own Beat for Three Decades

When D.C.'s Different Drummers was first created, it was designed to be a safe haven for people who felt alienated and, in some cases, rejected by mainstream society.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 3

This weekend you can learn about another culture with the kids or check out some local music.

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Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor

Motorcycles provide an open road for literature, a device writers can use to talk about adventure, rebellion, even inner peace. NPR's Mandalit del Barco gets some reading ideas from actual bikers.
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With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold

In the city of Jericho in the West Bank, there's a new home that looks like it might be from another planet. But in fact, its designers took pains to use materials that were as local as possible.
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Addiction Battled Ambition For Reporter Caught In D.C.'s Crack Epidemic

In the early '90s, Ruben Castaneda was a crime reporter for The Washington Post, and an addict who bought crack on the very streets he wrote about. His new book is called S Street Rising.
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Sci-Fi Kid Flick 'Earth To Echo' Broadens The 'E.T.' Formula

First-time feature filmmaker Dave Green sets his movie apart from Steven Spielberg's classic with found footage, an African-American protagonist and a more central female co-conspirator.
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WAMU's Bluegrass Country Turns 47: A Conversation With Katy Daley

Forty-seven years ago today, bluegrass music was first heard on the airwaves of WAMU. It's since grown into 24-hour programming heard across the region on WAMU's Bluegrass Country. Matt McCleskey spoke with long-time Bluegrass host, Katy Daley, on this 47th anniversary.
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'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger

Emily Gould's first novel stars 30-something single women in New York City who are figuring out what's important in life. It's worth picking up for its sharp social observations and inspired wordplay.
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Kids & YA Summer Reading

School's out for summer, but reading - both assigned and for pleasure - continues for kids of all ages. We've got suggestions for babies, teens and everyone in between.

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New Advice on Reading to Infants

New American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines encourage parents to read aloud to children daily, starting in infancy. We consider practical hurdles some families face in meeting that goal and the long-term benefits early exposure to complex language can bring.

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