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From Ukraine To Venezuela, Is There A Global Democracy Crisis?

From Ukraine to Egypt to Venezuela, some see a recurring and distressing global pattern of popular protest movements failing to live up to their espoused democratic ideals. We consider whether democracy as a political idea is losing its luster around the world.

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Local And National Marijuana Debate

We consider local debates and proposed legislation amid a changing national landscape around decriminalizing marijuana.

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Judy Chicago On Feminism, Art And Education

Judy Chicago pioneered the concept of "feminist art" in the '70s, pushing back in a male-dominated art world. As Chicago's 75th birthday approaches, a trio of nationwide exhibitions and events celebrate her contributions to both fields. We talk with her about what's changed and what hasn't for female artists.

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CSX Rail Project Faces Opposition In Southeast

A proposal to retrofit and expand a decaying railroad tunnel in Southeast D.C. is pitting Capitol Hill and Navy Yard residents against one of the largest rail companies in the country. We explore how this complex local project fits into bigger shifts in the national rail network.

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Military Budget Proposal

As U.S. forces withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon is looking to trim its budget. We hear what's on the table, why change is necessary and how it will affect military families.

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Rachel Louise Snyder: "What We've Lost Is Nothing"

A string of burglaries in a racially diverse neighborhood exposes hidden racial tensions in a new novel by Rachel Louise Snyder.

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Same-Sex Marriage In Virginia

Last week a federal judge in Norfolk, Va., struck down the commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage. We consider the implications of the ruling and find out where the case goes from here.

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Labor Unions Contemplate The Future

An effort to organize Volkswagen workers in Tennessee was hailed as a potential breakthrough for organized labor in the South. We explore where the labor movement is headed from here, including in so-called "right-to-work" states in our region.

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Douglas Rushkoff On "Generation Like" And "Present Shock"

Tech Tuesday explores how our devices are running our lives, turning teens on social media into an army of advertisers and trapping us all in the present moment.

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Upscaling Comfort Food

Mac 'n cheese and truffle oil. Pop tarts made from scratch. Many local chefs and restaurants are updating favorites of yesteryear with high end ingredients, new techniques and upscale prices. We examine the power of nostalgia and food, and the flavors that recall our favorite home-cooked meals.

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