WAMU 88.5 : About

WRAU Outstanding News Series: Heroin On The Coast

Play associated audio

In 2012, the Ocean City, Md. Police Department arrested 26 people allegedly connected to a heroin distribution ring.  The arrests exposed a widespread heroin problem on Maryland's Eastern Shore, a problem that addiction counselors and law enforcement officials were left scrambling to address.

In a special three-part series that aired in January and February 2013, WRAU's Coastal Connection looked closely at heroin abuse on the coast, speaking with a recovered addict, police officials, a prosecutor, and counselors working on the front lines of prevention.  The series sought to highlight the difficulties of kicking an opiate addiction, and why heroin in particular had become a drug of choice among local residents.  The series also exposed the connections between drug abuse and broader gang-related problems in some Eastern Shore communities.


In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
WAMU 88.5

D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

WAMU 88.5

Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.


$81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist Sparks Push For Stepped-Up Cybersecurity

The head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication acknowledged at least two security breaches in addition to February's spectacular theft involving Bangladesh's central bank.

Leave a Comment

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