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D.C.'s Role At The Democratic National Convention

Despite a bumpy opening day at the Democratic National Convention, D.C. statehood advocates are celebrating the first Democratic platform supporting D.C. statehood in more than decade.

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85 Degrees In The Cell Block: D.C. Jail Faces Pressure To Keep Inmates Cooler

A deputy mayor and a D.C. Council member discussed the steps the city is taking to fix things, for now, on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

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D.C. Prepares To Draft A Sweeping 'Cultural Plan' For The City

Can the arts become a bigger part of the overall development agenda for the nation's capital? D.C.'s government and insiders from its arts community want to make the city more attractive to creative people and industries — and they're working on an official plan for it.

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The Future Of Paratransit In D.C.: Finding The Right Price Tag For A Civil Right

Effective Friday, Transport DC — a District-subsidized taxicab service for people with disabilities — is being scaled back. One group of involved citizens is demanding that they not be left behind in the new age of urban mobility.

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'I Wanted To Give Voice To Them' — Summer Program Spurs Theater About Race

Stark spotlights illuminate about a dozen teens. They shout out in groups: “I’m Latino, I’m black, I’m a woman, I’m mixed …” They're working on a play for the Paso Nuevo summer theater program, where D.C. youths find their voices on issues that matter to them.

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Colorism Within "Yellowman" And The African American Community

In the play "Yellowman," a dark-skinned woman and light-skinned man fall in love in a community fraught with class and color barriers.

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The Landscape For D.C.'s Free Musical Rites Of Summer

Some of D.C.'s free summer concerts are struggling to hold onto the audiences they built long ago. We explore the landscape for free summer music in D.C., and what the concerts at places like Fort Dupont have contributed to the fabric of the city.

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Groups Turn Fire Hose Of Super PAC Cash On Local Elections

Super PACs are starting to have a big impact on local government, as donors use them to skirt donor limits and pump large amounts of cash into elections.

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"The Hopefuls" And Administrative Churn In D.C.

Every four to eight years, D.C. is flooded with energized staffers, fresh off a campaign win for president — or Congress — who flow into the area. We talk with author Jennifer Close and White House correspondent Kate Bennett about how politicians and their staff shape the region around us.

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How Changing Rent Subsidies Could Impact D.C.

Kojo explores how a recalculation of federal rent subsidies could impact neighborhoods and the upward mobility of poor families in our region.

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