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How History Influences Diets In D.C. And Around The World

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If there's one food that embodies Mexican cuisine, it's the taco. From the soft (or hard!) tortilla on the outside, to the flavorful fillings wrapped within, the taco’s ingredients also tell the story of how Mexican food revolutionized American diets in D.C. and beyond. Kojo explores how the past has influenced cooking in the D.C. area and how we can make the most of what's in our grocery aisles to create "authentic" Mexican meals.

How "Borderless" Cuisines Shape Modern D.C.

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Mexican dishes are among the many that contribute to the complicated flavor of the D.C. region. In a political climate mired in walls and divisions, Kojo and Pati Jinich, author and host of PBS's "Pati's Mexican Table," explore how "borderless" food shapes modern D.C.

Is Maryland Part Of "The Poverty Industry"?

Tue, 2016-06-28 12:30

Social security benefits are designed to supplement the lives of some of society's most vulnerable. But what happens when government aid doesn't go where it's supposed to? Kojo speaks with two local foster children advocates on how state governments and private companies make money off of local safety net systems, and what can be done to further protect children, the disabled, elderly and poor.

Montgomery County Schools Face Discrimination Complaint

Tue, 2016-06-28 12:06

Montgomery County Public Schools recently denied a local girl admission to a language immersion program, and her father now says discrimination is to blame. He filed a civil rights complaint with the federal government, alleging that the school district fails to conduct meaningful outreach to minority families. His complaint comes after a recently-released report revealed that language immersion and other special programs in the district are disproportionately filled with white students.

Supreme Court Sets Stage For McDonnell Retrial

Mon, 2016-06-27 12:50

The Supreme Court today unanimously ruled in favor of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on appeal of his corruption case. The conviction was vacated, setting the stage for a retrial. We consider the implications of the ruling - in and beyond the Commonwealth.

Understanding Zika And Mosquito Control In The D.C. Region

Mon, 2016-06-27 12:30

It's hot, humid and officially summer, which means mosquito season is upon us. The tiny, buzzing insects have long been a concern because of the diseases they carry including malaria, West Nile, and - newer to our collective radar - Zika. While the risk of Zika spreading to the region is moderate - with concern highest along the Gulf Coast -Kojo discusses local prevention efforts and the ways to keep yourself and your family safe.

D.C. Addresses Safety Of Local Water System

Mon, 2016-06-27 12:06

Local D.C. officials recently announced new policies for testing for lead in the water at city schools. Concerns linger from the discovery of unsafe levels of lead in city drinking water a decade ago, and from recent reports about lead contamination at several libraries. Kojo chats with D.C. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Kevin Donahue about how the city's responding to concerns –old and new– about its water system.

The Politics Hour - June 24, 2016

Fri, 2016-06-24 12:06

Local lawmakers throw themselves into the national conversation about gun violence. Metro launches the second phase of its "SafeTrack" surge of repairs, disrupting commutes across the region. And another acquittal in the Freddie Gray case sparks conversations about police accountability in Maryland and the D.C. area. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Your Turn

Thu, 2016-06-23 12:40

This week brought a whirlwind of local headlines, from the threats of Republican members of Congress to rollback D.C.'s handgun laws to the stress of the second phase of Metro's SafeTrack maintenance surge. It's your turn to set the agenda and chat with Kojo about the local news affecting your life. Call in and have your say.

As Capitol Hill Debates Gun Measures, Lawmakers Target D.C. Gun Laws

Thu, 2016-06-23 12:40

Sparks flew on Capitol Hill this week, as members of the U.S. House staged a sit-in to force votes on measures to combat gun violence. But a few days earlier, some members of Congress took aim at D.C.'s gun laws. Kojo explores how the District's local gun restrictions became part of the national debate about reducing violence.

Who's The D.C. Local Running The General Services Administration?

Thu, 2016-06-23 12:06

The General Services Administration is the agency in charge of handling the workplace needs of the federal government. The biggest task that falls under that umbrella is developing and maintaining the federal government's buildings and office space. The GSA is in charge of more than 100 million square feet of federal work space in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia and is currently in the midst of several large-scale projects whose outcomes have big ramifications for the local economy and workers -- government or not. Those include moving the FBI headquarters out of the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover building downtown and consolidating the Department of Homeland Security's offices at the St. Elizabeth's campus in Anacostia. Kojo chats with the D.C. native in charge of GSA today.

Does D.C. Have A Unique Accent?

Wed, 2016-06-22 12:30

Longtime residents of D.C. know: There's a distinct D.C. accent. But what characterizes this region's sound and what does it say about the city's residents? As part of WAMU's "What's With Washington" series, Kojo explores the region's language –from its accent to its slang– and why it's so unique.

School's Out, But Lunch Is Still On

Wed, 2016-06-22 12:06

Nationwide, over 20 million students receive free or reduced-priced lunches over the course of the school year. Across this region there's a push to make sure those kids don't go hungry when school's out over the summer months. We find out how area agencies and organizations are keeping students connected to nutritious meals year-round and the reverberation of these programs among their families.

Would A New Zoning Plan Make Fairfax County Too Urban?

Tue, 2016-06-21 12:23

Fairfax County lawmakers this week are considering a plan to boost density around transit stops and create more vibrant urban centers. But while some feel the county would be wise to follow a new "smart growth" strategy, others worry it could do too much to urbanize communities many people live in to get away from cities. We explore what's at stake in this debate about the future of Fairfax.

If At First You Don't Succeed: The Local And National Gun Debate

Tue, 2016-06-21 12:06

Days after the deadly shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., legislators rallied in Washington for a 15-hour "filibuster" in support of a tighter background checks for certain gun buyers. But while the deadliest mass shooting in recent history spurred many to call their congressional representatives for tighter gun laws, it remains to be seen if any measure can gain momentum on Capitol Hill. Kojo examines the seemingly-cyclical gun debate with one of our region's federal lawmakers, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).

Do You Know How To Access Mental Health Care?

Mon, 2016-06-20 12:30

For many, overcoming stigma can be a big hurdle in seeking mental health care. What happens if you can't get an appointment when you finally work up the nerve to try? A new American Psychiatric Association Foundation study found that only 14 percent of individuals using the top three D.C. insurers were able to successfully schedule a psychiatric appointment after trying to. We consider the implications for patients and health providers who are part of the safety net for those in need.

Major Metro Shutdowns Begin

Mon, 2016-06-20 12:06

WMATA says hundreds of thousands of commuters are affected by the 16-day shutdown of portions of the Orange, Blue and Silver lines that began Saturday. Officials urged commuters to telework or find alternative transportation. But for those who had no choice but to ride the rails? They were told by Metro spokesman Dan Stessel: “Expect crowding. Expect it to be hot. Expect it to be frustrating. It’s not going to be a pleasant experience.” We check in on how the Monday morning commute went during Metro's first major SafeTrack shutdown, and what it says about how the city will get around during the 13 other maintenance surges that are still yet to come.

The Politics Hour: June 17, 2016

Fri, 2016-06-17 12:06

Three D.C. Council incumbents are ousted in the District's Democratic primary. The next phase of Metro's SafeTrack maintenance plan could be messier than the first. And Maryland's Republican Governor says he won't vote for the presumptive presidential nominee. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Maryland's Moves Against Drunk Driving

Thu, 2016-06-16 12:30

Last month, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law a measure to stiffen his state's penalties against drunk drivers. It's an issue people in the D.C. region are particularly sensitive to –especially in the wake of a series of fatal accidents that left local communities reeling. We explore how the landscape is changing for the enforcement of drunk driving rules, and where the conversation is likely to go next.

Examining Discipline At Alexandria Schools

Thu, 2016-06-16 12:06

Students at Alexandria City Public Schools are speaking up about racially discriminatory discipline practices at their schools and a new report looking at the hard data backs up their claims. We explore how Alexandria compares to the rest of Virginia and the challenge of eliminating racial bias in discipline at local schools.