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Jacob Fenston

Senior News Editor for Special Projects

Fenston is WAMU's Senior News Editor for Special Projects. He came to the station after a year in the Show Me State, covering issues of health, wealth and poverty in rural Missouri. He also worked as a freelance public radio reporter in D.C., and in a previous life was a stage manager for a theater company in Portland, Oregon. While in Oregon, Fenston started producing radio as a volunteer at community radio station KBOO. He is a native of California, and has a masters in journalism from U.C. Berkeley.


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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Driving around D.C. with Lloyd Wolf, there are ghosts everywhere — in the alleys behind garden apartments, next to chain-link ...
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For many in the Washington area, getting fit means unrolling a yoga mat. But the geography of yoga is limited: While studios abound in upper-middle class and gentrifying neighborhoods, there are currently no yoga studios in D.C. east of the Anacostia River. But as Jacob Fenston discovers, that could soon change, as local yogis seek to diversify the sometimes exclusive practice....
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Hundreds of conservative activists and military veterans broke down barricades at the World War II Memorial this morning, protesting the ongoing government shutdown. Veterans have been engaging in civil disobedience since the beginning of the shutdown, crossing barricades the National Park Service put up to block the memorials. It's become a cause célèbre among c...
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While inside the Capitol on Saturday, hope fizzled that a resolution to the shutdown could be in sight, outside, Tea Party activists rallied, promising to "clean up D.C." The crowd outside the Capitol came armed with trash bags and yard tools, led by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck. Beck urged Tea Party lawmakers inside to not back down. No government? No p...
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid seems to have a new favorite word in recent weeks: "Anarchists." "We have a situation where we have a good day for the anarchists," Reid said to his Senate colleagues on the first day of the shutdown. "Why? Because the government is closed." He uses the word "anarchists" as a disparaging term for the Tea Party Republicans he blames fo...
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Marianne Buckley is a flight instructor who specializes in a type of flight not a lot of people have the stomach for — or the skills. She's an aerobatics pilot, and one of just a few women in the country who can claim that title. "Actually it's not dangerous if you know what you're doing," says Buckley. "You have to go up with someone who actually knows what he or she is doi...
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One of the strictest gun laws in the nation went into effect in Maryland on Tuesday. The new law bans assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, and it makes Maryland one of only six states that require handgun purchasers to get fingerprinted and take gun safety courses. Gun owners in the state aren't happy, and in recent weeks, they've been fl...
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Until just a few years ago, D.C.'s juvenile justice system was known for overcrowding and violence. But after reforms in 2009, the number of kids making repeated trips through juvenile detention is on the decline. D.C. locks up around 1,000 young people each year. For much of his life, a young man named Marquis was one of them. Marquis, who asked to use only his first name...
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The Latino population is booming in Virginia — it's doubled in the past decade or so — and it's growing especially quickly in the D.C. suburbs. This change is part of what has turned Virginia purple on electoral maps. In the Commonwealth, and nationwide, 70 percent of Latinos voted Democrat last year. This November's gubernatorial race is the first big election since then,...
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Fifty years ago, as the civil rights movement was gaining momentum, the nation was also witnessing a racist backlash. While hundreds of thousands peacefully rallied for the March on Washington in 1963, there was a tiny counter protest by the American Nazi Party, based in Arlington, Va. The party's leader had no more than a few hundred followers during his lifetime, but he has had a la...
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Five years after the March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave what would be his last Sunday sermon at the National Cathedral in D.C. "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution" was the title of King's very last Sunday sermon. "Racial injustice is still the black man's burden and the white man's shame. It is an unhappy truth that racism is a way of lif...
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Events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington continue today and through the week. Yesterday's rally on the National Mall drew hundreds of thousands of people, to reflect on the accomplishments and unfinished business of the past half-century. In August 1963, Francis Collins worked at an office just up 14th Street from the National Mall. "Du...
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While tens of thousands gathered on the National Mall today for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, supporters of D.C. statehood held a smaller side-rally. They say equal representation in Congress is a civil rights issue. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's non-voting representative in Congress, put it this way: "The District of Columbia is the city to come t...
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Some of the thousands of people rallying near the Lincoln Memorial this morning were also there 50 years ago, at the 1963 March on Washington. Others who will be at the rally today weren't born until decades later, but say the messages of that day still resonate. China Green is a senior at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Northeast D.C., where she's helped organize a group of ...
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Each year, thousands of Americans travel to China to adopt children — it is by far the biggest country for international adoptions. That's in part because for years, adopting from China was easier than adopting from other countries, especially for single mothers. Now, China has tightened its adoption policies, but there are still many children in the D.C. area who grew up as America...
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Max Gold has been a fan of aviation since he was just five or six years old. It started because he spent so much time on planes. "I had doctors all around the U.S.," Gold says. He was flying all over the country to treat the rare vascular condition that confined him to a wheel chair. "The amount of time I spent on a plane it just all caught up to me," he says....
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When Kevin Sturtevant and Steve Geishecker started dating almost twenty years ago, they didn't think becoming parents was in the cards for them, as a same-sex couple. Now, they've just celebrated their daughter's first birthday. Nationwide, it's much more common for gay couples to take on parenting roles these days — an estimated one in five LGBT couples is raising a child. Jacob Fe...
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It's officially Beer Week in D.C., and local brewers are working together to create unusual one-time brews to celebrate. One of them is called Exquisite Corpse. Sam Fitz, of Columbia Heights bar and restaurant Meridian Pint, explains the name: "It's based off a surrealist game, where artists would take different quadrants of a canvass."...
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President Obama may have already left for vacation, but that didn't stop a few hundred protestors from rallying on Pennsylvania Avenue Saturday. Some local Egyptian Americans in Washington want Obama to take a more active role in Egypt. Some protesters had signs reading, "Free Egypt Now." Others had photos of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Bu...
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He was at the top of his career, one of the most powerful men in D.C. politics, poised for what would have very possibly been a successful bid to become mayor. But John A. Wilson had a secret - he'd been struggling with depression much of his life. Twenty years ago this month, the chairman of the D.C. Council took his own life, hanging himself in the basement of his Southwest home. Ja...