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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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Metro Connection: July 3, 2015

Thu, 2015-07-02 13:29
WAMU 88.5 Metro Connection: July 3, 2015We'll follow efforts to save one of Virginia's most endangered places, and visit a D.C. school with an ambitious goal: to create a model for educating city kids and erasing the achievement gap.

As D.C.'s Cost Of Living Rises, So Does Hunger Among Seniors

Thu, 2015-07-02 13:29
WAMU 88.5 As D.C.'s Cost Of Living Rises, So Does Hunger Among Seniors City officials are playing catch-up as the number of low-income seniors in D.C. continues to climb.

Clips: Where WAMU's Velvety-Voiced Talk-Show Host Gets His Shave-And-A-Haircut

Thu, 2015-07-02 13:16
WAMU 88.5 Clips: Where WAMU's Velvety-Voiced Talk-Show Host Gets His Shave-And-A-HaircutAs we continue our exploration of D.C.'s barber shop, we visit Kojo Nnamdi's longtime haunt in Park View.

How Gordonsville, Virginia Became The 'Fried Chicken Capital of the World'

Thu, 2015-07-02 12:50
WAMU 88.5 How Gordonsville, Virginia Became The 'Fried Chicken Capital of the World'After the Civil War, a group of black women in Gordonsville, Va. supported themselves by peddling fried chicken to train passengers passing through their town.

Bookend: Author Mary Amato And The Changing World of Children's Literature

Thu, 2015-07-02 11:48
WAMU 88.5 Bookend: Author Mary Amato And The Changing World of Children's LiteratureAuthor Mary Amato shares what it's like to pen prose for the younger set.

'Portal': A Shipping Container-Turned-Art Project Connecting People Across the Globe

Thu, 2015-07-02 11:17
WAMU 88.5 'Portal': A Shipping Container-Turned-Art Project Connecting People Across the Globe When is a shipping container not just a shipping container? When it's also a public art project designed to spark conversations among people around the world.

Montgomery County Looks To Crack Down On Predatory Tow Trucks

Thu, 2015-07-02 10:52
WAMU 88.5 Montgomery County Looks To Crack Down On Predatory Tow Trucks Tow truck scammers, beware: Montgomery County is looking to crack down on you.

Endangered Port Royal, Va. Fights To Keep Itself From History's Dustbin

Thu, 2015-07-02 10:29
WAMU 88.5 Endangered Port Royal, Va. Fights To Keep Itself From History's Dustbin In colonial times, Port Royal, Va. was a thriving port town. Now, it's fighting for its very survival.

D.C. Charter School Uses Tough Love To Erase Achievement Gap

Thu, 2015-07-02 09:55
WAMU 88.5 D.C. Charter School Uses Tough Love To Erase Achievement Gap If you set the bar high, can you erase the achievement gap in American schools? We'll talk with the first graduates of a D.C. charter school that's trying to do just that.

'An Explosion of Music': Remembering D.C.’s Bluegrass Scene Of The 1970s

Thu, 2015-06-25 12:23
WAMU 88.5 'An Explosion of Music': Remembering D.C.’s Bluegrass Scene Of The 1970s

In the 1970s, the D.C. music scene was a place of great creativity. Clubs were plentiful, admission was cheap, and you never knew which surprise guest might stop by.

D.C. Dance-Music Label 1432 R Puts A World Of Experience To The Beat

Thu, 2015-06-25 11:36
WAMU 88.5 D.C. Dance-Music Label 1432 R Puts A World Of Experience To The Beat

1432 R combines the broad tastes of its D.C. founders with a sound inspired by a country halfway around the globe.

Leaving Their Mark: What's Behind The Scenes At Your Favorite D.C. Music Venues

Thu, 2015-06-25 11:25
WAMU 88.5 Leaving Their Mark: What's Behind The Scenes At Your Favorite D.C. Music Venues

We'll tour several local venues to check out the mementos music lovers may miss during live shows.

Why Musicians Are Embracing Cassette Tapes (It's Not Just Nostalgia)

Thu, 2015-06-25 11:23
WAMU 88.5 Why Musicians Are Embracing Cassette Tapes (It's Not Just Nostalgia)

For musicians and music labels, cassette tapes are the cheapest way to make a physical album. They're also one of the fastest.

Straight-Laced Washington Embraces Underground Metal Scene

Thu, 2015-06-25 11:21
WAMU 88.5 Straight-Laced Washington Embraces Underground Metal Scene

Thousands of people are heading to the largest metal festival of its kind this weekend.

In A City Known For Go-Go, Hip-Hop Is Making A Name For Itself

Thu, 2015-06-25 10:54
WAMU 88.5 In A City Known For Go-Go, Hip-Hop Is Making A Name For Itself

A new generation of artists is pushing hip-hop from the fringes to the District's musical mainstream.

D.C.'s Experimental, Thriving And Often Overlooked Jazz Scene

Thu, 2015-06-25 10:53
WAMU 88.5 D.C.'s Experimental, Thriving And Often Overlooked Jazz Scene

Jazz aficionados say their genre is enjoying a new golden age in the nation's capital.

Can Musicians Survive In An Increasingly Expensive D.C.?

Thu, 2015-06-25 10:50
WAMU 88.5 Can Musicians Survive In An Increasingly Expensive D.C.?

Local musicians and supporters are working to address some of the big issues facing artists, from being properly paid by clubs to finding adequate rehearsal space.

Remembering Rites Of Spring And A Lasting D.C. Musical Moment

Thu, 2015-06-25 10:47
WAMU 88.5 Remembering Rites Of Spring And A Lasting D.C. Musical Moment

Thirty years ago, Mark Andersen saw the band Rites of Spring perform for the first time. We find out why it's stayed with him ever since.

This Week On Metro Connection: Capital Notes (rebroadcast)

Thu, 2015-06-25 10:43
WAMU 88.5 This Week On Metro Connection: Capital Notes (rebroadcast)We'll tour the D.C. region's music scene this week in a special collaboration with WAMU's music site, Bandwidth.fm.