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Tour NPR’s state-of-the-art headquarters in DC’s vibrant NoMa neighborhood. Since its incorporation in 1970, NPR has evolved from a radio broadcaster into the nation’s largest media network. You will view the open, two-story newsroom and broadcast studios where news and programming staff produce their stories.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The sprawling Central Intelligence Agency has thousands of eyes and ears, but only one client: the president of the United States. The CIA’s chief historian David Robarge discusses the agency’s changing role throughout administrations, and how presidents’ experience with intelligence and their foreign policy agendas have affected that relationship.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Evolving discoveries in biology point to the promise of cancer-detecting nanoparticles, mind-reading bionic limbs, and computer-engineered crops. Neuroscientist Susan Hockfield, former president of MIT, surveys how the intersection of bioengineering and technology may hold solutions for addressing some of the greatest humanitarian, medical, and environmental challenges of our time.

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Monday, May 6, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

His early political career was notable for his embrace of plans to build a better world. But then things changed. Biographer John Farrell examines Richard Nixon’s personal and political journey from naval lieutenant to disgraced president.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

From investment portfolios to trade wars, Hollywood movies to holiday travels, the influence of Asia on our lives—and the world’s economy—continues to grow. Shanghai-based global strategy advisor Parag Khanna examines why the Asian Century is a phenomenon far larger than we thought, and why there’s no more important region for us to better understand now.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Energy executive Daniel Poneman, senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a former deputy secretary of the Department of Energy and member of the National Security Council, argues that a new approach to global energy policy can enhance the ability of nuclear power to combat climate change even as we reduce the risks of nuclear terror.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the revolution, Smithsonian magazine writer Tony Perrottet draws on his new book ¡Cuba Libre!: Che, Fidel, and the Improbable Revolution That Changed World History to offer a look at some of the lesser-known human drama that played out against the backdrop of political upheaval.

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Monday, June 3, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Do Spider-Man’s existential doubts revolve around opportunity costs? Economist Brian O’Roark examines a powerful (if unlikely) alliance between the worlds of the comics and economics and why, despite their amazing powers, superheroes are still beholden to its laws.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Photojournalist and former official White House staff photographer Lawrence Jackson shares his approach to creating images that tell compelling stories, and offers a rare inside look at what it’s like to document daily life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.