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Maryland Ballot Question 7: Las Vegas On The Potomac?

Kojo examines the most expensive campaign in Maryland history, and asks what a high-end casino at National Harbor would mean for Prince George's County and the region.

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Headphones, Technology And Culture

Headphones help create a space of one's own, even in a crowded room. We consider the technology, culture and safe use of headphones.

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'Argo': A Rescue Mission With Real Hollywood Style

Ben Affleck's new film chronicles the CIA's rescue of six U.S. Embassy workers held hostage during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Critic Bob Mondello says the fine balance struck between Argo's snappy script and heart-stopping thrills makes the film worthy of Oscar buzz. (Recommended)
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 12

The information superhighway, the Serial Portrait, and the King of Babu.

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Satirical Art Brings Levity To London's Underground

London's mass transit system, known as the Tube, has been hit by a guerrilla attack by pranksters. Informational posters in rail cars have been covered up by stickers poking fun at the system. Shepherd's Bush stop was relabeled Shepherd's Pie. Priority seating in pranked cars now reads: "Pretend to be asleep and they won't ask you to move."
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A 'Big Picture' Intently Focused On The Details

Eric Lartigau's French psychological drama follows an aspiring photographer who assumes another man's identity. While the plot may lend itself to the tropes of a thriller, critic Mark Jenkins says it is more focused on the quiet, internal mechanisms of the protagonist's mind.
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From Boy King Of Texas To Literary Superstar

A few days ago, Domingo Martinez was just a regular guy working as a graphic designer and writing on the side. Then on Wednesday he woke up to find himself nominated for the National Book Award for nonfiction for his book, The Boy Kings of Texas.
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In Digital War, Patents Are The Weapon Of Choice

New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg says that consumers and innovation are the big losers in the patent wars. "Patents have become a toll gate on the road of innovation," he says.
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Who Feels The Scars Of 'Stop And Frisk'?

The New York City council Wednesday held a hearing about blocking the controversial "stop and frisk" policy. That allows police to stop, search, and question people suspected of carrying weapons or drugs. It's also the subject of a New York Times short film. Host Michel Martin speaks with a producer and a young man featured in the film.

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