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Centuries of History in Anacostia

Mon, 2015-03-23 08:06

The history of communities living in the D.C. neighborhood of Anacostia stretches back centuries. The name itself is is taken from the Native American tribe of Anacostans who called their settlement there Nacochtank. We consider those earliest days and the cultural, political and economic that have shaped the community since the Civil War.

The Politics Hour - March 20, 2015

Fri, 2015-03-20 08:06

The top federal prosecutor in the District makes plans to step down, opening questions about his probe into former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. Maryland lawmakers reach a compromise with Gov. Larry Hogan over chicken manure. And an incident on a college campus sparks renewed debate over policing in Virginia. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

"Vision Zero" for the District

Thu, 2015-03-19 09:06

Two decades ago, Sweden undertook an ambitious goal: getting traffic deaths down to zero, with a focus on those most in danger -- pedestrians and cyclists. Known as "Vision Zero," the initiative has been taken up by cities around the U.S., and was recently adopted by the District. We explore how D.C. plans to implement the plan, and consider how design, legislation, and enforcement can come together to create safer streets.

Schock and Awe: Ethics and Responsible Behavior in Congress

Thu, 2015-03-19 08:40

The events leading to this week's surprise announcement that Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock would resign read like the plot of a TV show. From stories about his 'Downton Abbey'-esque office decor, to widely Instagrammed photos of his travels and questions about his vehicle expenses, Shock's behavior in office led to a wave of legal and ethical questions for the promising young GOP star. We consider the implications the scrutiny of his spending -- and its results -- might have for other members of Congress.

The Local Music Scene & Disability Rights

Thu, 2015-03-19 08:06

Washington's punk and independent music scene has a long tradition of blending politics, social justice and art. But record label owner Sean Gray says the local music community often ignores people with disabilities. Many performances are booked on stages that are inaccessible to mobility-impaired people, up or down narrow flights of stairs. But Gray says the scene also fails to create a safe, inclusive cultural space for young people to talk about disabilities. He joins Kojo to discuss his latest project, a national database that grades show venues on their accessibility.

Cultivating A Culinary Ecosystem In Washington

Wed, 2015-03-18 09:06

The Washington region is home to a constellation of award-winning chefs and restaurants - this is not a new thing. But the area can now also boast a vibrant culinary ecosystem that's supported by people who grew up here. Kojo chats with the chef at what's been described as "the best new restaurant in America" and the brain behind a family of D.C. businesses about how they're contributing to the cultural fabric of the region.

Pepco-Exelon Merger Proposal

Wed, 2015-03-18 08:06

Pepco customers want more reliable electric service, but they're not all convinced the company's proposed merger with Chicago-based Exelon is the best way to get it. Pepco says the merger will result in fewer and shorter power outages in the Washington region. But critics say a merger could lead to higher rates and undercut local renewable energy efforts. We examine the energy industry at large and explore how this merger would affect local customers.