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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, shown here at an event in September, joins us for The Politics Hour.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, shown here at an event in September, joins us for The Politics Hour.

Friday, Dec 19 12 p.m. (ET)

The Politics Hour – December 19, 2014

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) joins Kojo, Tom Sherwood and Mike DeBonis in the studio.

Thursday, Dec 18 1 p.m. (ET)

Winter Reading 2014

Whether you like horror stories or cookbooks, poetry or works in translation, we consider a range of titles that will keep you turning pages. And we want to know what's on your reading list, so join the conversation on air or on our website to share the best book you've read this year.

A view of the retail area of CityCenterDC in April of this year.

A view of the retail area of CityCenterDC in April of this year.

Thursday, Dec 18 12:16 p.m. (ET)

Choosing the Right Retail Mix for a Lively New Development

With Burberry and Kate Spade stores now open at the new luxury-oriented CityCenterDC, we examine how mixed-use developments around our region choose and attract the retailers that are key to their success.

Gross is greeted with hugs after arriving at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday.

Gross is greeted with hugs after arriving at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday.

Thursday, Dec 18 12 p.m. (ET)

U.S.-Cuban Thaw: The Local Campaign to Free Alan Gross

After five years in a Cuban jail, USAID contractor and Washington area resident Alan Gross is home. We explore the role the local Jewish community played in winning his release.

Wednesday, Dec 17 1 p.m. (ET)

Cubed: A Secret History Of The Workplace (Rebroadcast)

Like the nature of white-collar work itself, the concept and design of the office has evolved over more than a century, from the counting-houses of nineteenth-century clerks to the cubicles we love to hate. Author Nikil Saval joins us to explore the history of our workspaces.

Natural food stores have grown in popularity.

Natural food stores have grown in popularity.

Wednesday, Dec 17 12 p.m. (ET)

Joe Dobrow: “Natural Prophets” (Rebroadcast)

Author Joe Dobrow discusses his new book about the entrepreneurs and ideals that shaped today's natural food industry.