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"What public television is supposed to be..." The Coffee House is a monthly, hour-long, cable TV program of public affairs and the arts. It is taped at Montgomery Community Television in Rockville, MD, and airs regularly on eleven cable channels in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Overall, it reaches over five million people. Now in its tenth season, The Coffee House has won numerous awards. The producer of The Coffee House is Mark Cohen.



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Reuben Jackson reviews the biography of the great soul vocalist Sam Cooke, "Dream Boogie", by Peter Guralnick.
Topics: biography, Cooke, vocalist
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Poet Maritza Rivera-Cohen presents "Little Cat Feet".
Topic: poetry
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Billboard for September 2008 edition: WEâRE ONE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE AWAY FROM TOSSING OUT ABORTION RIGHTS, EVEN FOR RAPE AND INCEST VICTIMS, IF SARAH PALIN HAS HER WAY⦠WE CHAT WITH RISA SHAW ABOUT HER BOOK ON SIBLING INCEST⦠PEAK OIL IS HERE⦠AND WEâRE NOT READY, SAYS AUTHOR EDWIN BLACK⦠BUT HEâS GOT THE PLAN TO GET US TO A POST-FOSSIL FUEL ECONOMY⦠OFF-SHORE DRILLS⦠OR OFF-SHORE MILLS? WILL IT BE OIL OR WIND? JIM LANARDâS COMPANY IS SET TO DEVELOP AN OFF-SHORE WIND...
Topics: Rape' incest, abortion, energy, oil, wind, offshore, poetry, liberalism, conservatism, music
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(1) Interview with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) about the National Intelligence Estimate, interrogation of terrorism suspects, and the prospects for a change in which party controls Congress in November. (2) Pulitzer nominee Edwin Black on his explosive, new investigative book, INTERNAL COMBUSTION, detailing the scandalous history of how gasoline-motored cars displaced electric cars a century ago. (3) Word/Dance/Theater founder and president Cynthia Word on rethinking Isadora Duncan and modern...
Topics: politics, Congress, elections, automobile, gasoline, electric cars, dance, modern
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Although its efforts fell short of electing John Kerry, organized labor succeeded in mobilizing its members to vote in numbers disproportionate to non-union voters, according to David Boundy, AFL-CIO Deputy Political Director.
Topics: labor, elections, politics
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Dancers Nina Watt and Keith Thompson discuss their works.
Topics: dance, choreography
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Word/Dance/Theater founder and president Cynthia Word on the philosophy of modern dance.
Topics: modern, dance
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The trio, ilyAIMY, draws on diverse genres to create its own unique sound.
Topics: metal, folk, Celtic
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This month in The Coffee House: With unemployment hovering at ten ten percent, more and more people are relying on unemployment insurance to help make ends meet. But it is a very complicated system. Courtney Chappell of the DC Employment Justice Center offers some tips. (Host: Fred Feinstein) Youth soccer has exploded in America and that explosion has put the quality of fields to a major test. Many gress fields have suffered from overuse. But is artificial turf the answer? Neurobiologist...
Topics: jobs, unemployment artificial turf, dance, Hip Hop, roots music, poetry
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Poet Maritza Rivera Cohen's "Street Smarts".
Topic: poetry
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This month in THE COFFEE HOUSE: ARE SLOTS THE SALVATION OF HORSE RACING AND FISCALLY STRAPPED STATES? With attendance at horse races steadily declining, and Maryland facing structural budget shortfalls into the foreseeable future, Gov. Martin O’Malley and Senate President Mike Miller are once again floating slots at race tracks as the horse racing industry’s and the state’s fiscal salvation. But based upon the experience of neighboring states, the Baltimore Sun’s Andrew Green reports...
Topics: news, public afairs, arts, New Orleans, gambling, agriculture, singer-songwriter, poetry
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Rep. Albert Wynn (D-MD) explains why he believes that Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich should not focus on legalizing slot parlors at racetracks but should rather press for full-fledge casino gambling in the state.
Topics: Wynn, gambling, slots
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Singer-songwriter Terri Allard accompanied by harmonica whiz Gary Green.
Topics: music, harmonica, harp
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An excerpt fromm a feature length animated film, "Freedom Dance," still in progress, depicting the 1956 Hungarian revolt and Soviet suppression, based on the sketchbook journals of emigre Ed Hilbert and the animation of Craig Herron.
Topics: animation, 1956, Hungary
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Poet, spoken word artist, filmmaker, and arts advocate Charneice Fox talks about the art of writing that is both spare and lyrical.
Topics: poetry, spoken word, arts
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One-man band Curtis Blues performs the "The Walking Blues".
Topics: music, blues, one-man band
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The "Blue Moon Cowgirls" sing "It's Better Without You".
Topics: music, country
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Bluesy, folk sounds of Siobham Quinn and Michael Bowers.
Topics: music, blues, folk
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On this edition of THE COFFEE HOUSE: A look back on the Maryland General Assemblyâs recently completed Special Session and a look ahead to the 2008 Session with Senators Jamie Raskin and Ullyses Currie; a documentary on MRSA superbugâs devastation and the danger of antibiotic resistance with infectious diseases specialist Dr. John Powers; Reuben Jackson reviews poetry by Guantanamo detainees; Kyle Dargan offers a poem; artist Muriel Hasbun captures her familyâs odyssey; and Christmas music...
Topics: Maryland, slots, taxes, superbug, MRSA, antibiotics, resistance, poetry, chorale, migration
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Poet Holly Bass is in a "Dark Room".
Topic: poetry
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A new report by former US Attorney and Maryland Attorney General Steve Sachs, , commissioned by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, documents that between March 2005 and May 2006 the Maryland State Police spied on peace and anti-death penalty activists, even knowing that none of the targets advocated violence. The State Police under the administration of Governor Bob Erlich went so far as to label certain pacifists as âterroristsâ. The State Police acknowledges that 53 citizens were the...
Topics: spying, surveillance, voter protection, McCain, Keating 5, poetry, music
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911 and its aftermath: A photo essay accompanied by the Kossoy Sisters singing "I'll Fly Away." (Producer: Mark Cohen)
Topics: 911, Bush, Osama bin Laden, WMD, Iraq, war
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Opening tease for Episode 134 featuring Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); Bob Borosage of the Campaign for America's Future; Mike Podhorzer of the AF-CIO; poet Angie Chuang; book reviewer Reben Jackson; and musci by BluesWorks.
Topics: politics, arts, music, poetry
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Risa Shaw, editor and Publisher of "Not Child's Play", discusses this anthology of true stories, poetry, art and fiction about sibling incest. This interview originally aired in 2001 but is being reprised as the issue of rape and incest are front and center again thanks to the extreme anti-abortion views of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Topics: incest, rape
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Run-Down of Episode #139 (April 2009): PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLS THE PRESENT RELATIONSHIP UNSUSTAINABLE⦠WITH PALESTINIANS DIVIDED AND ISRAELIS ELECTING A RIGHT-WING GOVERNMENT, WE ASK NADIA HAJIB OF THE INSTITUTE FOR PALESTINE STUDIES, CAN WE GET TO A SUSTAINABLE MIDDLE EAST? SON OF SURVIVORS, EDWIN BLACK CONTINUES HIS SERIES OF INVESTIGATIVE BOOKS ON HOW THE HOLOCAUST COULD HAVE HAPPENED â IN NAZI NEXUS, HE SUMS UP THAT HITLERâS RACIAL IDEOLOGY AND KEY TECHNOLOGY WERE STAMPED âMADE IN THE...
Topics: Middle East, Obama, Holocaust, corporate complicity, homeless, photography, poetry, a cappella
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Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) discusses the National Intelligence Estimate finding that the Iraq war has spawned an upsurge in terrorism.
Topics: Iraq, terrorism, intelligence
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Traditional fiddler Alan Jabbour was head of the Archive of Folk Song at the Library of Congress 1969-74, director of the folk arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts 1974-76, and director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress 1976-99. He plays two songs and speaks with The Coffee House's David Eisner.
Topics: fiddle, traditional, music
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"Death Row" is a poem by Grant McLeman set to the photos of Lloyd Grane.
Topics: poetry, capital punishment, death penalty
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Reuben Jackson reviews a collection of poems by Islamic detainees at Guantanamo.
Topics: poetry, Islam, Guantanamo
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An excerpt from Howard Kohn's rememberance of his "Rolling Stone" magazine colleague, Hunter S. Thompson.
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Topics: gonzo, fear, loathing
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Acoustic, percussion, nature music of Kiva.
Topic: Acoustic, percussion
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Spoken word artist Chris Chandler's and street musician David Roe's tribute to the New Orleans melting pot that was and will be.
Topics: New Orleans, Katrina
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American Folklife Center founder Alan Jabbour plays a traditional fiddle number.
Topics: fiddle, traditional, folklife
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A billboard for episode 137: The global recession and how to respond with Dr. Robert Scott of the Economic Policy Institute: The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act impact with Sharyn Tejani of the National Partnership for Women and Families; can coal be made to burn cleanly with Kare Rooth of Greenpeace USA; a Sam Kittner photo essay on the inauguration of President Barack Obama; poetry by Kwame Alexaner and music by ilyAIMY.
Topics: recession, economy, equal pay, discrimination, coal, climate, inauguration, poetry, music
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A documentary look at the insurgent primary campaign of activist and Constitutional law professor Jamie Raskin to capture the Maryland State Senate seat held for 19 years by organization candidate Ida Ruben.
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21st Century Life: The Washington Nationals Park is being toted as a model of green building design. But for all of its environmentally-friendly features, Shawnee Hoover, legislative director for Friends of the Earth, wonders why the Nationals stadium allows ExxonMobil to burnish its poor green record with ubiquitous, high-tech ads, even granting the energy giant naming rights to the 7th inning stretch! (Host: Mike Tidwell)
Topics: National Park, ExxonMobil, greenwashing
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Poet Chungmi Kim offers "The Color of My Dress"
Topics: poetry, Korean, dress
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Dancer/choreographer Christopher Morgan discusses his creations.
Topics: dance, choreography
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Author Dr. Matthew Sleethe, an evangelical Christian, explains why he believes it is his religious duty to combat climate change.
Topics: evangelical, Christian, climate change
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Poet Kyle Dargan presents "Autumal Divination."
Topic: poetry
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Thomas Sayers Ellis's "Ways To Be Black in a Poem"
Topic: poetry
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Sharyn Tejani of the National Partnership for Women and Families discusses the passage of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
Topics: women, equality, pay equity
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Taryn Simon's traveling multi-media exhibit focuses on inmates who were exonerated by DNA evidence. Narration is by Sita Reddy of Provisions Library. (Producer: Mark Cohen)
Topics: death penalty, DNA, innocence, photography, multimedia
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Common Cause president and CEO Chellie Pingree discusses the excessive role of money and private fundraising in American politics and her organization's efforts to clean this up.
Topics: politics, money, elections
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Kevin Merida discusses "Supreme Discomfort", a biography of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas he co-authored. (Host: Jamie Raskin)
Topics: justice, conservative, Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas
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National Labor Relations Board member Wilma Liebman, who was originally appointed by President Clinton, discusses the Bush Board's consistent whittling away at the rights of employees to collectively bargain.
Topics: labor, NLRB
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Constitutional law expert and advocate Alan Morrison discusses the Supreme Court's decision striking down the District of Columbia's strict handgun control law.
Topics: Constitution, Second Amendment, DC gun law
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Jim Grossfeld of the Montgomery County (MD) Commission on Health discusses the Commission's proposal to deputize county inspectors and private citizens to report possible violations of federal and state and worker health and safety laws.
Topics: health, safety, worker, county
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Poet Sami Miranda's "Victoria, Texas"
Topic: poetry
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Opening billboard for #129, THE COFFEE HOUSE (May 2008)
Topics: Maryland, politics, death penalty, poetry, music
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Karen Nussbaum describes how "Working America," a community organization launched by the AFL-CIO for non-union members which she directs, grew by leaps and bounds in its first year.
Topics: labor, community, non-union
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Edwin Black, author of the Pulitzer-nominated, BANKING ON BAGHDAD, asserts that the West has had only two interests in Iraq -- as a stepping stone and as a source of oil.
Topics: Iraq, oil, Islam
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Artist Linda Hesh prroposes putting photo ads in the Washington Post that challenge prejudice.
Topics: prejudice, art, photographs
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Brit Cat Stevens, AKA Yusuf Islam, once recorded a tune, "Miles From Nowhere," that eerily captures the former pop singer's deportation from the US as a potential terrorist. Here's a clip from The Coffee House in October 2004.
Topics: singer, deportation, Islam
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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Depression Era Bonus March by WWI vets seeking a promised war service bonus. "March of the Bonus Army" filmmaker Glennn Marcus and historian Lucy Barber are guests. (Host: Fred Feinstein)
Topics: Bonus March, protest, veterans
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Bea Edwards and Dylan Blaylock of the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower support group, describe how they assisted a whistleblower and the staff association at the World Bank in bringing to light the Paul Wolfowitz scandal. (Host: Mark Cohen) Kevin Merida discusses "Supreme Discomfort", a biography of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas he co-authored. (Host: Jamie Raskin) This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Depression Era Bonus March by WWI vets seeking a...
Topics: scandal' Paul Wolfowitz, World Bank, Clarence Thomas, justice, race, Bonus March, Bonuus Army,...
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Billboard for the April 2008 edition of THE COFFEE HOUSE: While public attention is focused on the presidential race, the political parties and independent advocacy groups â 527s â are gearing up for a battle over control of Congress. The Democrats reclaimed control of both chambers in 2006 and hope to build on their margin in 2008. We chat with the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD 8th Dist.), about his partyâs prospects in November. The...
Topics: politics, elections, greenwashing, Nationals Park, poetry, music, photography
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The poem "Bark" by Kim Roberts
Topics: poem, Bark
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Ballot initiatives are increasingly being promoted by political parties to spur turnout among their supporters and split the opposition says Kristina Wilfore, executive director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center.
Topics: ballot, initiative, election
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An audio documentary from 1979 that first aired on WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio, about advocacy efforts in Ohio and elsewhere in the rust belt to gain passage of state laws to cushion the impacts on workers, their families and communities caused when major employers move their operations south or abroad in search of cheaper production costs.
Topics: plant closing, Governor Rhodes, Ohio Public Interest Campaign
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"The Great American JobsScam" author Greg Leroy on how businesses extort subsidies from local communities by threatening to take jobs elsewhere. But the businesses locational decisions aren't based on these these subsidies.
Topics: jobs, welfare, subsidies
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A bluesy original about contemporary life, "Runaround", by BluesWorks.
Topics: Blues, music
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Pulitzer nominee Edwin Black discusses his expose on the history of the gas-powered automobile, INTERNAL COMBUSTION.
Topics: car, electric, gas, hydrogen
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Cincinnati-based Joe Jencks makes his music and his living on the road, where the singer-songwriter has built a following among folkies and labor activists. He stops by THE COFFEE HOUSE to share two songs, about the life of a migrant laborer and being true to one’s calling.
Topics: singer-songwriter, folk, music
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Pastor Michael Pauls tells how he was called to build an inter-racial church from the ground up.
Topics: church, inter-racial
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Singer-songwriter Joe Jencks performs two songs.
Topics: folk, singer-songwriter
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Billboard of segments on #112 (taped Sept. 11, 2006)
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RELUCTANTLY, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION JOINS THE GLOBAL CONSENSUS ON CLIMATE SCIENCE Having shuffled from promising to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant, to denying that human activity was causing global warming, to asserting that the science on climate change was uncertain, President Bush appears bent on completing two terms in office without taking significant action to address climate change. Whether due to the White Houseâs free market faith or its kinship with the oil industry, until a...
Topics: climate, Bush, assessments, McClellan, censorship
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Poet JaHipster offers a "True Story" about blackness.
Topics: poetry, blackness
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Former US Attorney General Benjamin Civilietti, chair of Maryland Commission studying capital punishment in the state, describes the findings of his Commission that there are substantial racial and geographic disparities in the application of the death penalty,and that it is a costly and ineffective deterrent to homicide.
Topics: death penalty, capital punishment, Maryland
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Video tease for the February 2008 TV magazine, THE COFFEE HOUSE.
Topics: arts, public affairs, poetry, politics, entertainment, labor
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Swedish bluesman Robert Lighthouse teams up with Dieselbilly Bill Kirchen in a unique set.
Topics: blues, dieselbilly
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This 2004 "Monty" award-winning film, "We Are All Smith Islanders," demonstrates how global warming is changing the Chesapeake Bay region, using the waning livelihoods of Smith Island watermen as its main example. The film explores how global warming is affecting agriculture, wildlife, health and tourism throughout the Chesapeake Bay, and how the crisis is expected deepen without immediate action. The film also looks at clean energy solutions that can help slow and possibly...
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Topics: climate change, global warming, Chesapeake
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Former EPA enforcement chief Eric Schaeffer talks about the shutdown of Mirant Corporation's Alexandria, VA power plant and why the company needs to conduct major cleanups at its three Maryland power plants as well.
Topics: EPA, Mirant, pollution
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Dancing at the historic Glen Echo Park and ballroom in Glen Echo, Maryland.
Topics: dance, ballroom