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Jerad Walker

Walker has been a contributor to Metro Connection since 2011. Walker has covered music and sports for WAMU, but he is perhaps best-known for his work as producer of DC Dives, a monthly series that tours neighborhood watering holes in the Washington, DC metro area.

In addition to his work as a reporter, Jerad Walker is the Production Coordinator for WAMU's music service WAMU's Bluegrass Country. There, Walker oversees all audio, video, and online production and is the host of two music shows— Editor’s Picks and Open Mic.


Articles Written by Jerad Walker

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Metro Connection Segments How Strong Is D.C.'s Safety-Net Hospital? ...
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Metro Connection Segments Out of the Vault and Into the Light: Precious Shakespeare Works to Tour U.S. ...
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It’s happy hour at Stan’s Restaurant — an eatery and bar a block north of McPherson Square in downtown Washington. People are starting to trickle in from the surrounding office buildings, but I beat most of them here and have staked out some prime real estate at the already crowded bar. That’s where I meet Frances (who didn’t want us to use her last name), a Louisi...
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The 100-year-old Lucketts Community Center serves as the venue for perhaps the oldest bluegrass concert series in ...
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It's a Wednesday night, and I'm standing in a strip mall parking lot in Springfield, bathed in the neon glow of flickering signs: "Lunch," "Dinner," "Homemade breakfast," they say. Welcome to Moe's Peyton Place. Inside at the end of the bar, I find owner Mohammed Traish, known as Moe to his friends and family — and virtually everyone in this smoke-filled room. "I...
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It's early on a Friday night and I'm at the Forest Inn in the Westover neighborhood of Arlington. There's a small but lively crowd watching the Nationals game on a television in one corner of the room, so I squeeze into a wooden seat at the end of the bar and join them. There, I meet Dave Batten, a regular who's been frequenting this dive for more than 10 years. Dave explains why the ...
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It's a Thursday night and I'm at Millie and Al's on 18th Street Northwest in the heart of Adams Morgan. Here, I meet owner Barbara Shaprio whose father, Al, founded the business back in 1963 in what was then called Ballance's Columbian Restaurant. "My dad was a regular. It was his favorite hangout. He learned of it being for sale and quickly grabbed it," recalls Shapiro. ...
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It's happy hour on a Friday night and I'm at Lil Pub, a modest 18-seat drinking establishment with two pool tables, just across the street from Eastern Market Metro station. Customers are slowly trickling in, and a small group has camped out to watch Jeopardy on a tiny television screen perched behind the bar. And that's where I meet patron Philip Watson who explains the building's un...
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Phase 1 is the oldest lesbian drinking establishment in Washington. In fact, this dive bar may be the oldest of its kind in the country. "It opened in 1970 in this exact location [with the] same owners," says bar manager Angela Lombardi. "One of the owners did pass away around 5 years ago, but the original two gentlemen that owned it have been a part of it the entire time....
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It's a Friday night at the Vienna Inn in Vienna, Va. The place is packed with customers — it's standing room only — but manager Katie Herron somehow pulls herself away from the bar just long enough to give a quick history lesson. "Mike and Mollie Abraham opened the restaurant in 1960," says Herron. "It changed hands in May 2000, but the tradition stayed the same." ...
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It's Friday night at Jay's Saloon and Grille on North 10th Street in Clarendon. With its screened-in porch, this dive bar looks like any of the homes just down the street. Owners Kathi and James Moore say there's a simple reason why. "We've been around since 1993. It was a heating and air conditioning place before that," says Kathi. "And before that, it obviously was a house."...
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It's oldies R&B and soul music night at Player's Lounge, a restaurant and bar so ingrained in the Congress Heights neighborhood of southeast D.C. that Washington City Paper once described it as "Ward 8's living room." And while Players is now the go-to meeting place for residents in this corner of the city, tonight's DJ Wayne Hartridge AKA DJ Ultra Mix says it wasn't alwa...
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Tucked among the strip malls of northern Virginia, JV Restaurant is unassuming to say the least. Even if you're a long-time resident of the area, you might miss it altogether. "We think of ourselves as Falls Church's little secret," says owner Lorraine Campbell. "I've had a lot of people come in here and say 'We've lived here 10 years and never knew you were here!'" Bu...
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On the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 4th Street SE, just off Seward Square, sits the Tune Inn Restaurant and Bar. In many ways, this bar's history is a story about a family. Owner Lisa Nardelli's grandfather purchased the building in 1947. "He was the first generation," says Lisa. "He worked here his whole life. My father then worked here his whole life. Now I'm the third ...
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To the uninitiated the Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring, Md. may be difficult to find, but that's not by design. "We don't have a sign," explains former general manager Gordon Banks. "Our big sign actually blew away in a storm, and the other sign got stolen." You'd think that might be a problem for a bar whose entrance is located at the bottom of a poorly lit sta...
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Despite its name, The Raven Grill does not serve food. "Originally, when the Raven opened it did have a grill in the back, and they sold cheeseburgers for 15 cents," explains Gretchen Georgiadis. "Pickled eggs were on the menu, and a few other things. In fact, we found an original menu in the walls when we were renovating." But that was way back in 1935, shortly after ...
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In a nondescript parking lot in the shadow of RFK Stadium, sits the entrance to Kingman Island. Metrorail trains on an elevated stretch of track go buzzing by every five minutes or so. After leaving that parking lot and crossing a wooden footbridge onto the island itself, the juxtaposition is striking. The sounds of rumbling trains are replaced by chirping birds. And while the...
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Washington's professional soccer team, D.C. United, is considered the most successful team in Major League Soccer history. The team just kicked off its season, and thousands of fervent fans turned out to show their support. Soccer aficionado Jerad Walker was there, and brings us this story on the especially die-hard local fans of D.C. United.[Music: "Kick in the Head" by Dean M...
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