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Friday, November 11, 2011

Virginia's Offshore Battle: Wind Vs. Oil Drilling

Comparing advocates' claims when it comes to offshore drilling versus offshore wind power in Virginia.

First Female Episcopal Bishop Installed In D.C.

Interfaith Voices host Maureen Fiedler talks with Reverend Mariann Budde, who is being installed as the first female Episcopal bishop of Washington D.C.

Returning From Battle, Veterans Fight Unemployment

On Veteran's Day, local Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are reminding employers of the value of hiring returning servicemen and women.

Toiling In The Artistic Trenches: Edgar Degas And His Ballerinas

In our regular arts feature from NPR's Susan Stamberg, we go inside an exhibition of Edgar Degas' famous ballerinas at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

[Music: "No. 02 Valse (Tempi di valse)" by Tchaikovsky from Swan Lake]

Door To Door: 16th Street Heights, D.C., And Aspen Hill, Md.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit 16th Street Heights in Northwest D.C. and Aspen Hill, Md.

[Music: "No, Girl" by John Davis from Title Tracks]

D.C. Gigs: For Whom The Bell Tolls

In our monthly D.C. Gigs segment, we meet the man who makes the bells toll at the Washington National Cathedral.

[Music: "Working for the Weekend" by The Brown Derbies from We Deliver]

Making Old-Time Music New Again

A Virginia man who's been named the "World Champion of Old-Time Piano Playing" explains why ragtime music deserves a second look.

Keeping Trees Thriving In Our Urban Jungle

What's needed to keep trees thriving in our urban jungle? We tag along with some urban foresters who decide which trees get planted where in our nation's capital.

Deciding What Students Should Know

The District is joining a nationwide effort to overhaul what and how American students are learning.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Nats Catcher Wilson Ramos Rescued In Venezuela

The kidnapping of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos ended Friday night, after Venezuelan police rescued him, and arrested five men linked to the abduction.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Virginia Sen. Houck Concedes Loss

Republicans now control all three statewide offices in Virginia, as state senator Edd Houck has conceded a narrow loss in District 17.

Senate Approves Veterans' Jobs Bill

The region’s U.S. senators helped pass legislation that’s expected to help both unemployed veterans and businesses in the area.

Wheelchairs Donated To Wounded Vets

The Knights of Columbus are donating 110 wheelchairs to VA hospitals in the D.C. area.

Military Dedicates New Walter Reed Hospital

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Military leaders were on hand Thursday to officially rename the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, which will serve veterans returning from overseas.

Conservancy Gives Potomac 'D' For Pollution

The Potomac Conservancy has downgraded the river to a D, based on worsening pollution conditions in the D.C. area.