Gas Prices Dip Slightly In D.C. Region | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Gas Prices Dip Slightly In D.C. Region

Play associated audio
The lower per-barrel cost of oil hadn't changed much at this Exxon station in Cleveland Park earlier this month, where the price of regular gas was still $4.42. Just two weeks later, the average price in the D.C. area is below $4.
Jessica Jordan
The lower per-barrel cost of oil hadn't changed much at this Exxon station in Cleveland Park earlier this month, where the price of regular gas was still $4.42. Just two weeks later, the average price in the D.C. area is below $4.

Drivers around the D.C. area are going to get a bit of a break on a tank of gas this week, although prices are still hovering near $4 per gallon.

Gas prices throughout the D.C. Metro area are averaging $3.94, reports the Automobile Association of America for the Mid-Atlantic. That's down from $4.05 at the same time last week.

Maryland's statewide average for a gallon of gas has dropped to $3.90. That is 11 cents lower than a week ago. Virginia's statewide average is down to $3.79.

Armed with that news, travel forecasters predict a slight uptick of 0.2 percent in the number of people traveling to the Eastern Shore over Memorial Day weekend.

While that projected increase is a fraction of the 14 percent hike in travel over the previous year, it will mark the second consecutive year of increase.

Meanwhile, analysts say they believe gas prices overall have peaked for the summer, although the average price per gallon is still running at least a dollar higher than this time last year.

NPR

If Robots 'Speak,' Will We Listen? Novel Imagines A Future Changed By AI

As artificial intelligence alters human connection, Louisa Hall's characters wrestle with whether machines can truly feel. Some "feel they have to stand up for a robot's right to exist," Hall says.
NPR

Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.
NPR

Trump's Campaign Theme Song Headache? Blame Michael Jackson, Sort Of

Candidates keep getting in trouble for picking theme songs without getting approval from the artist. You can trace this back to changes in both campaigning and the way companies sell products.
NPR

In A Twist, Tech Companies Are Outsourcing Computer Work To ... Humans

A new trend is sweeping the tech world: hiring real people. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Wired reporter Julia Greenberg about why tech giants are learning to trust human instinct instead of algorithms.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.