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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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Beating the Odds: Finding Strength in Heartbreaking Loss

2 hours 12 min ago
WAMU 88.5 Beating the Odds: Finding Strength in Heartbreaking LossAlthough Donavan Blagmon lost both of his parents unexpectedly, they remain his inspiration as he heads to college this fall.

Beating The Odds: Fighting The Stigma Of Schizophrenia

Thu, 2014-07-03 13:15
WAMU 88.5 Beating The Odds: Fighting The Stigma Of Schizophrenia

Dreonna Richardson's grandmother was taunted in their neighborhood because of her schizophrenia. Dreonna used it as an opportunity to educate other kids about mental illness.

Taking a Chance on New Theater in West Virginia's Oldest City

Thu, 2014-07-03 12:49
WAMU 88.5 Taking a Chance on New Theater in West Virginia's Oldest CityFor 24 years now, the Contemporary American Theater Festival has built a name for itself by taking risks and nurturing America's newest plays.

Controversial Takes On The Stars And Stripes Explored In New Exhibit

Thu, 2014-07-03 12:24
WAMU 88.5 Controversial Takes On The Stars And Stripes Explored In New Exhibit

Plenty of artists and musicians have re-interpreted and re-imagined the American flag and our national anthem — though not without controversy.

Cultivate Ventures Bets Big on D.C.'s Food Scene

Thu, 2014-07-03 11:56
WAMU 88.5 Cultivate Ventures Bets Big on D.C.'s Food Scene A new venture capital firm is determined to help take D.C.'s artisanal food movement to the next level.

Keeping Time for the NSO: Timpanist Shares Role as Orchestra's 'Bus Driver'

Thu, 2014-07-03 11:30
WAMU 88.5 Keeping Time for the NSO: Timpanist Shares Role as Orchestra's 'Bus Driver'Jauvon Gilliam never expected to play timpani, but now he's one of two African Americans performing in D.C.'s National Symphony Orchestra.

D.C.'s LGBT Marching Band Follows Its Own Beat for Three Decades

Thu, 2014-07-03 11:01
WAMU 88.5 D.C.'s LGBT Marching Band Follows Its Own Beat for Three Decades

When D.C.'s Different Drummers was first created, it was designed to be a safe haven for people who felt alienated and, in some cases, rejected by mainstream society.

Related Link(s): More information about the DCDD

This Week On Metro Connection: A Different Drummer

Thu, 2014-07-03 10:35
WAMU 88.5 This Week On Metro Connection: A Different Drummer

We'll celebrate Independence Day with stories of adventurers and iconoclasts of all kinds.

This Week On Metro Connection: Global D.C.

Thu, 2014-06-26 16:19
WAMU 88.5 This Week On Metro Connection: Global D.C.It's time for our annual look at the cultures that coexist, combine and cohabitate in the DMV.

Bookend: CIA By Day, Spy Novels By Night

Thu, 2014-06-26 15:50
WAMU 88.5 Bookend: CIA By Day, Spy Novels By Night

CIA analyst Mark Henshaw says people in his line of work often fault spy thrillers for inaccuracy. So he decided to try his own hand at the genre.

From West Africa to Baltimore: New Exhibit Explores The History Of The Banjo

Thu, 2014-06-26 15:25
WAMU 88.5 From West Africa to Baltimore: New Exhibit Explores The History Of The Banjo

From the 1730s through the 1830s, you could find more banjos in Maryland's Chesapeake region than anywhere else in North America.

Global Sound, Local Impact: Son Jarocho In The Nation’s Capital

Thu, 2014-06-26 14:31
WAMU 88.5 Global Sound, Local Impact: Son Jarocho In The Nation’s Capital

Every week, an eclectic group gathers in a cramped community center in Mount Pleasant to learn and play traditional folk music from Mexico's Caribbean coast.

Beating The Odds: From Undocumented Newcomer To High School Valedictorian

Thu, 2014-06-26 13:03
WAMU 88.5 Beating The Odds: From Undocumented Newcomer To High School Valedictorian

Mongolian immigrant Enkhjin Tuvshinzaya has come a long way since moving to the U.S. without any English or education; today, she's the valedictorian for her high school class.

Related Link(s): Study: Who and Where the DREAMers Are