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Meet the “hipster banana.” Also known as the “quaker delight,” the “hillbilly mango,” or it’s actual name—the pawpaw. 

September is pawpaw season in a large swath of the U.S., but you won’t find the pawpaw in most grocery stores, even though they’re native to North America. American Indians harvested them, and it’s been said George Washington liked to eat chilled pawpaw for dessert. But much of the pawpaw’s natural habitat was destroyed by development, and they’re not that easy to cultivate. They need slightly acidic, well-drained soil, and harvesting them is labor-intensive.

The locavore food movement has embraced the fruit. Now there are restaurants whipping up pawpaw pie and pawpaw gelato, and local breweries are starting to make pawpaw beer. 

This Once-Obscure Fruit Is On Its Way To Becoming PawPaw-Pawpular

Photograph: Tyrone Turner/WAMU

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Howard University, one of the nation’s top historically black colleges, has seen the neighborhood around it change drastically over the years.

The area, located just a couple of miles north of Capitol Hill, was once working-class and black. But as hundreds of new residents move to D.C. each month, more nonblack residents move into Howard’s neighborhood. And as property values rise, the university is trying to capitalize on the hot real estate market.

For years, there was little interaction between the residents of the neighborhood and the middle-class students and faculty of the university. At times, the relationship wasn’t always harmonious, despite a shared cultural experience.

When A Historically Black University’s Neighborhood Turns White

Photos: Tyrone Turner/WAMU

Diane Rehm is wrapping up a public radio career spanning more than four decades and thousands of episodes. Her talk show has originated at Washington, D.C.’s WAMU and is heard by nearly 3 million people across the country weekly on NPR stations.

Yet, The Diane Rehm Show almost didn’t get off the ground.

In 1979, Rehm started as a host with a program aimed at homemakers. Several years later, she informed her boss that she had other plans.

“I’m bored. I’m really bored,” Rehm remembers telling him. “Unless I can change this show and do politics, do science, do medicine, do everything that’s happening in the world, I’m outta here. … He listened and he said you’re right.”

Reformatted and rebranded as The Diane Rehm Show in 1984, it became a place for policies to get dissected and politicians to get tested.

Radio’s Diane Rehm, A Mainstay Of Civil Discourse, Signs Off

Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post/Getty Images

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2007 references

Rihanna Umbrella

“Don’t tase me bro” + frozen yogurt

Britney Spears

My Chemical Romance

Flip phones

Track suits

home loan ads

1 Hour photos

Back when Subway kids eat free?

EDIT: apparently the Subway spokesman or something went into child pornography stuff and went to jail or something.

Hairspray

When circuit city was going out of business

Wii

deal or no deal

shit was happening with washington mutual?