Kennedy Center fellow Reem Kassem recently used her Kennedy connections to help organize an outdoor arts festival in Alexandria, Egypt. Kennedy Center hide caption

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George Pelecanos' 17 crime novels take place in and around Washington, D.C. Pelecanos has also written for HBO's The Wire and Treme, which take place in Baltimore and New Orleans, but he says his novels will always be set in D.C. Mai-Trang Dang via Flickr hide caption

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Cellist Sara Page (center, right) rehearses with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Arts Camp. Page is among the campers who made an exceptional effort to raise funds to attend the camp this year. Sam Oldenburg for NPR hide caption

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Baya shows Arthur a scrapbook of former "fascists" she's converted to her left-wing causes by sleeping with them. Music Box Films hide caption

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Oprah Winfrey's departure this week from her long-running TV show leaves a gaping hole in daytime television. Peter Wynn Thompson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Though lobbyists target Capitol Hill, often those in public relations work on issues ahead of them, conditioning the legislative landscape. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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A branding firm came up with the name Swiffer by playing with words like "clean," "wipe" and "sweep." It's now one of Procter & Gamble's biggest sellers. Procter & Gamble hide caption

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