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Everything Old Is New Again: The Toilet-Sink Edition

The combination sink-toilet is actually an "old" innovation. NPR's Madhulika Sikka had one when she lived in Japan in the 1980s.
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Can You Code A Better Government?

Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can — and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments — and their neighbors.
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Lessons In Bigotry And Bravery: A Girl Grows Up In 'Glory Be'

It's the summer of 1964, and everything's changing for 11-year-old Glory. She was looking forward to celebrating her 12th birthday at the local pool, but the town has shut it down to avoid integration. Members of NPR's Backseat Book Club share their questions with author Augusta Scattergood.
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Taste Of Grandma's Kitchen: We Hack An Old Ketchup Recipe

Jim Ledvinka grew up outside of Chicago watching his grandmother make ketchup from scratch once a year. As a kid, he hated the stuff. As a man — and now a grandfather — he became desperate to re-create it. That's where All Things Considered's Found Recipes project comes in.
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Hipsters Off The Hook: The Truth Behind Abandoned Backyard Chickens

Unwanted chicks are filling up some city shelters around the country, and some activists are blaming fair-weather hipster farmers. But a closer look reveals another root cause: When urban farmers order hens, they often end up instead with roosters — illegal in many cities.
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Puppets: The Next Big Thing In Theater?

Puppetry is showing up at theaters all over the Washington region, and it's not the sort you'd find at a kid's birthday party.

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Forum Theatre's 'The T Party' Celebrates D.C.'s Transgender Community

Gender transformation is the inspiration behind "The T Party": a world-premiere play opening this month at Silver Spring's Forum Theatre.

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Book News: Evidence 'Overwhelming' In Apple Price-Fixing Case

Also: a literary history of silly walks; Judy Blume on why Margaret will always be an A cup; Oliver Sacks on hallucinations.
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At 90, Ellsworth Kelly Brings Joy With Colorful Canvases

The nonagenarian artist recently received the National Medal of Arts, and museums around the world are still celebrating his May birthday. The Phillips Collection, in Washington, D.C., is displaying seven "exuberant" pieces: layered or lined-up canvases painted in bold, solid colors.
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Tech-Savvy Cities May Be 'Smart,' But Are They Wise?

Around the world, cities like Rio de Janeiro are using new technologies to solve their problems. And while there's great promise in many of these "smart" city programs, urban planner Anthony Townsend is wary of putting so much power in the hands of tech companies.

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