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Each week, WAMU 88.5's Metro Connection reaches across D.C., Maryland and Virginia to gather the sounds and stories that capture the current events, culture and personalities driving the Washington region.
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D.C. Reluctantly Moves Forward with Concealed Carry of Guns

Thu, 2014-10-16 20:31
WAMU 88.5 D.C. Reluctantly Moves Forward with Concealed Carry of Guns City legislators are grudgingly establishing a licensing system that will allow D.C. residents and visitors to apply for concealed carry handgun permits.

Door To Door: Mount Airy, Md., And Franklin Park, Va.

Thu, 2014-10-16 14:51
WAMU 88.5 Door To Door: Mount Airy, Md., And Franklin Park, Va.

It's our ongoing trip around the region. This week, we'll visit Mount Airy, Md. and the Franklin Park neighborhood of McLean, Va.

Your Letters

Thu, 2014-10-16 14:30
WAMU 88.5 Your Letters

We'll open the Metro Connection inbox to hear some of your responses to "The G Word," our recent show about gentrification in D.C.

This Week On Metro Connection: Wild Cards

Thu, 2014-10-16 14:26
WAMU 88.5 This Week On Metro Connection: Wild Cards

We'll go theme-free with stories that run the gamut, from a look at a local birth photographer to the latest twists in the debate over guns in D.C.

Birth Photographer Lives For The Moment

Thu, 2014-10-16 14:03
WAMU 88.5 Birth Photographer Lives For The Moment

Photographing childbirth isn't always easy or convenient, but Emily Goodstein says it's a deeply rewarding job.

How Strong Is D.C.'s Safety-Net Hospital?

Thu, 2014-10-16 13:52
WAMU 88.5 How Strong Is D.C.'s Safety-Net Hospital?

United Medical Center is D.C.'s only hospital east of the Anacostia River. We'll explore its troubled past, and how it's faring now.

Adult Education Non-Profit Gets On The Charter School Bandwagon

Thu, 2014-10-16 13:47
WAMU 88.5 Adult Education Non-Profit Gets On The Charter School Bandwagon As one of D.C.'s non-profit adult education centers goes charter and receives a windfall of city money, we explore the expectations that go along with that funding.

The Unlikely Bond Between A D.C. Church And The Punk Music Scene

Thu, 2014-10-16 12:20
WAMU 88.5 The Unlikely Bond Between A D.C. Church And The Punk Music Scene

For decades, D.C. churches have served as a support system for the city's punk rock scene, but how did that come to be?

Remembering When 'Mr. Smith' Came To Washington, 75 Years Ago

Thu, 2014-10-16 11:01
WAMU 88.5 Remembering When 'Mr. Smith' Came To Washington, 75 Years Ago

When Frank Capra's film, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington premiered at Constitution Hall on October 17, 1939, not everyone in Washington gave the movie two thumbs up.

This Week On Metro Connection: The Descendants

Thu, 2014-10-09 13:44
WAMU 88.5 This Week On Metro Connection: The Descendants

From Colonial Dames to members of the Patawomeck Tribe, we meet families whose roots run deep in the D.C. region.

Descendant Of Three Founding Fathers Works To Keep American History Alive

Thu, 2014-10-09 13:00
WAMU 88.5 Descendant Of Three Founding Fathers Works To Keep American History Alive Laura Belman is descended from three signers of the Declaration of Independence, and is working to preserve the history of early D.C.

Daughter Remembers Lawrence Guyot's Dual Roles as a Civil Rights Leader and Dad

Thu, 2014-10-09 12:45
WAMU 88.5 Daughter Remembers Lawrence Guyot's Dual Roles as a Civil Rights Leader and DadWhile Lawrence Guyot was known as a no-nonsense D.C. activist and leader in the Civil Rights movement, his daughter says he was also a warm and supportive dad.

Was Your Ancestor Part Of 'The Contrabands?' Scholars Would Like A Word

Thu, 2014-10-09 12:11
WAMU 88.5 Was Your Ancestor Part Of 'The Contrabands?' Scholars Would Like A Word

A new effort is in place to find the African American descendants of slaves who sought refuge at forts around the capital during the Civil War — known then as "the contrabands."

Related Link(s): National Park Service: Living Contraband

Door to Door: Calvert Hills, Md. and Aquia Harbour, Va.

Thu, 2014-10-09 10:59
WAMU 88.5 Door to Door: Calvert Hills, Md. and Aquia Harbour, Va.It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time, we visit the Calvert Hills neighborhood of College Park, Md. and the Aquia Harbor area of Stafford, Va.

Family Tree: From George Washington To The Black Heritage Museum Of Arlington

Thu, 2014-10-09 10:59
WAMU 88.5 Family Tree: From George Washington To The Black Heritage Museum Of Arlington

The branches of the Syphax family tree extend back to our nation's founding, when ancestors worked at Mount Vernon and Arlington House.

Related Link(s): GoFundMe: Syphax Documentary DevelopmentThe Syphax Family Tree

Heurich Granddaughter Remembers the One-Time King of D.C. Beer

Thu, 2014-10-09 10:32
WAMU 88.5 Heurich Granddaughter Remembers the One-Time King of D.C. Beer We'll meet a grandchild of Christian Heurich, one of Washington's most prominent beer brewers.

How Patawomeck Descendants Strive To Preserve Their Near-Extinct Language

Thu, 2014-10-09 10:22
WAMU 88.5 How Patawomeck Descendants Strive To Preserve Their Near-Extinct Language

The Potomac River derives its name from a Native American tribe called the Patawomeck. One Patawomeck descendant is striving to preserve her heritage by keeping alive what they have left of the language.

Bookend: Author Erica Perl On The Challenges Of Writing For Kids

Thu, 2014-10-09 09:53
WAMU 88.5 Bookend: Author Erica Perl On The Challenges Of Writing For Kids

Author Erica Perl says writing a children's book is much harder than you might think.