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D.C. Jazz History

Even before jazz came into its own, D.C. was a hub of black music, with clubs along U Street drawing racially diverse crowds in a city that was otherwise segregated. As jazz developed and artists from and traveling through the District...

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Measuring the Value of A College Degree

As students and parents assess college options, debates continue over the value of a college degree. We explore the issues around college rankings, costs and the long-term value of a higher degree.

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Your Turn: Voter ID Laws Suffer Blow, Changes Coming to Pepco

On Wednesday, nuclear energy giant Exelon bought energy utility Pepco, sparking hopes of improved service for local residents. It's 'your turn' to weigh in on those and other stories in the news.

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Arts Advocacy in the District

As the District hashes out next year's budget and looks toward electing a new mayor, advocates for the arts are weighing in.

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Mesh Networks and Spying Online

We learn about the potential uses for off-the-grid systems both overseas and in the U.S.

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Racism & Protest in the NBA

Kojo talks with former NBA player Etan Thomas about race and politics in professional basketball, where three quarters of the players are black, but the ownership remains mostly white.

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Fraternities On and Off Campus

The history of fraternities on American college campuses stretches nearly as far back as the beginning of higher education in the U.S. We consider the pros and cons of frat life for both the organizations and universities.

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True Tales of American Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues

Americans have always been fascinated by criminals, immortalizing notorious bad guys on screen and on the page. But many of our most diabolical and misguided citizens have been overlooked by history books. Paul Martin highlights a colorful...

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Insults Real or Perceived: The Debate Over Microaggression

Debate is flaring on college campuses about perceived insults based on race, ethnicity and gender. We explore "microaggression" and personal hurt versus public harm.

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Bicycles, Urban Areas and Public Infrastructure

Gabe Klein, the District's former transportation director, joins Kojo to explore the dynamics at work in the adoption of bicycle sharing in D.C. - and what they say about the evolving nature of public transportation infrastructure.

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