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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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This Week On Metro Connection: July 31, 2015

Thu, 2015-07-30 16:11
WAMU 88.5 This Week On Metro Connection: July 31, 2015

We'll examine the past, present and future or one of D.C.'s most scenic spots, Hains Point, as well as other stories from around the region.

Tea, Golf And Somewhere To Cool Off: The History Of Hains Point

Thu, 2015-07-30 15:58
WAMU 88.5 Tea, Golf And Somewhere To Cool Off: The History Of Hains Point D.C.'s Hains Point is beloved by many local residents. But it wasn't always that way, because 150 years ago, the point wasn't there at all. A look at the history of the now-iconic peninsula.

Workshop Helps Central American Youth Heal Through Theater

Thu, 2015-07-30 14:56
WAMU 88.5 Workshop Helps Central American Youth Heal Through Theater

Bethesda's Imagination Stage is running a program aimed at young people who have fled violence in Central America — with the hope that they can vent their emotions after the extraordinary things they have seen on their journey.

In His Memoir, A Cocaine Kingpin's Son Sheds Light On D.C.'s Crack Era

Thu, 2015-07-30 14:55
WAMU 88.5 In His Memoir, A Cocaine Kingpin's Son Sheds Light On D.C.'s Crack EraTony Lewis Jr. is the son of Tony Lewis Sr., a former cocaine kingpin in D.C. who's been in prison since 1989. In Lewis Jr.'s new memoir, "Slugg: A Boy's Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration," he shares stories and lessons from his upbringing during D.C.'s crack epidemic.Related Link(s): Crack: The Drug That Consumed The Nation's Capital

East Potomac Park: Hidden Gem, Neglected Greenspace?

Thu, 2015-07-30 14:13
WAMU 88.5 East Potomac Park: Hidden Gem, Neglected Greenspace? Hains Point, at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, is one of the most scenic spots in D.C., and a favorite among cyclists and rollerbladers. but in recent years, facilities have fallen into disrepair.

After More Than Two Decades, Should Virginia Give Parole A Second Chance?

Thu, 2015-07-30 13:01
WAMU 88.5 After More Than Two Decades, Should Virginia Give Parole A Second Chance?

Virginia has pursued a policy called "truth in sentencing," eliminating parole for more than two decades, but as the cost of incarcerating tens of thousands of offenders continues to rise, that policy is being re-thought.

The LGBT Swim Team That Fought For Equality — And Better Pools

Thu, 2015-07-30 12:06
WAMU 88.5 The LGBT Swim Team That Fought For Equality — And Better PoolsAs society becomes more accepting of the LGBT community, is there still a place for a team created for gay and lesbian swimmers?

Cricket Boom Prompts Montgomery County To Build New Fields

Thu, 2015-07-30 11:49
WAMU 88.5 Cricket Boom Prompts Montgomery County To Build New Fields

As immigrants make their way to the D.C area, they're not just changing the demographics of the local population — they're bringing the sports they hold dear and looking for new places to play.

What Makes Using Synthetic Drugs 'Like Playing Russian Roulette'

Thu, 2015-07-30 11:29
WAMU 88.5 What Makes Using Synthetic Drugs 'Like Playing Russian Roulette'

Drug researchers at the University of Maryland have been observing the rise of synthetic cannabinoids — designer drugs created overseas that have so far posed unique challenges to drug enforcement.

This Week On Metro Connection: July 24, 2015

Thu, 2015-07-23 17:26
WAMU 88.5 This Week On Metro Connection: July 24, 2015

How should we remember Maryland's Confederate history? What would you pay to get from D.C. to Baltimore in 15 minutes? What secrets lie beneath an empty Georgetown lot? We'll seek answers to these questions and many more.

102-Year-Old D.C. Artist Embraces A Century Of 'Dancing In The World'

Thu, 2015-07-23 16:43
WAMU 88.5 102-Year-Old D.C. Artist Embraces A Century Of 'Dancing In The World'

At 102, D.C. resident Marilee Shapiro Asher is still a working artist and shares her life story in a new biography.

Related Link(s): Marilee's website

Marylanders, Divided During The Civil War, Grapple With Symbols Of Confederacy

Thu, 2015-07-23 16:27
WAMU 88.5 Marylanders, Divided During The Civil War, Grapple With Symbols Of Confederacy

Maryland officially stayed in the Union during the Civil War, but soldiers fought on both sides of the conflict. Today the state still has many symbols with Confederate ties.

Uncovering The Tale Of Yarrow Mamout, Former Slave, Muslim Man About Town

Thu, 2015-07-23 14:32
WAMU 88.5 Uncovering The Tale Of Yarrow Mamout, Former Slave, Muslim Man About Town

An effort is underway in Georgetown to solve a mystery: whether a Muslim slave from West Africa is buried on the property he owned after gaining freedom in 1796.

Related Link(s): Yarrow Mamout Archaeology Project on FacebookYarrow Mamout Archaeology Project Fund

New Wildlife Action Plan Takes Data-Based Approach To Protecting D.C. Ecosystems

Thu, 2015-07-23 14:14
WAMU 88.5 New Wildlife Action Plan Takes Data-Based Approach To Protecting D.C. Ecosystems

It's easy to forget it sometimes, but the ecosystem in the D.C. region is among the most biologically diverse in the United States. New data will give conservations a better idea of how to preserve that diversity in the years and decades ahead.

The 'Prince Of Petworth' Moves Across D.C. For Better Schools

Thu, 2015-07-23 12:48
WAMU 88.5 The 'Prince Of Petworth' Moves Across D.C. For Better Schools For the past decade, Dan Silverman has blogged about D.C. from his home in Petworth. Now, he's moving for a reason familiar to many of his readers: better schools.

D.C. Swim League Busting The Myth That Black People Don't Swim

Thu, 2015-07-23 12:20
WAMU 88.5 D.C. Swim League Busting The Myth That Black People Don't Swim

In the second part of our series on District pools, we'll look at the D.C. Swim League's efforts to get more African-American youth swimming.

Maryland Proposes MagLev Marriage Between D.C., Baltimore

Thu, 2015-07-23 11:48
WAMU 88.5 Maryland Proposes MagLev Marriage Between D.C., Baltimore

Taking a plane-free trip from D.C. to Baltimore in 15 minutes — or D.C. to New York in an hour — could soon become a reality.

Escape Rooms Playing To D.C.'s Nerdy, Competitive Crowds

Wed, 2015-07-22 13:12
WAMU 88.5 Escape Rooms Playing To D.C.'s Nerdy, Competitive Crowds

Tired of meeting friends at a bar? A growing trend in the District is to spend the evening in an "escape room" — solving puzzles as a team before the clock expires.