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Friday, June 26, 2015

Why Musicians Are Embracing Cassette Tapes (It's Not Just Nostalgia)

For musicians and music labels, cassette tapes are the cheapest way to make a physical album. They're also one of the fastest.

Straight-Laced Washington Embraces Underground Metal Scene

Thousands of people are heading to the largest metal festival of its kind this weekend.

In A City Known For Go-Go, Hip-Hop Is Making A Name For Itself

A new generation of artists is pushing hip-hop from the fringes to the District's musical mainstream.

D.C.'s Experimental, Thriving And Often Overlooked Jazz Scene

Jazz aficionados say their genre is enjoying a new golden age in the nation's capital.

Can Musicians Survive In An Increasingly Expensive D.C.?

Local musicians and supporters are working to address some of the big issues facing artists, from being properly paid by clubs to finding adequate rehearsal space.

Remembering Rites Of Spring And A Lasting D.C. Musical Moment

Thirty years ago, Mark Andersen saw the band Rites of Spring perform for the first time. We find out why it's stayed with him ever since.

This Week On Metro Connection: Capital Notes (rebroadcast)

We'll tour the D.C. region's music scene this week in a special collaboration with WAMU's music site, Bandwidth.fm.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Subsidies

President Barack Obama's health care overhaul has been upheld by the Supreme Court in a 6-3 ruling preserving health insurance for millions of Americans.

Metro Safety Makeover Is Possible, But Priorities Must Be Set, NTSB Head Says

After two days of hearings on the deadly L'Enfant Plaza smoke incident, Christopher Hart said his agency has a better understanding of what might have gone wrong in the tunnel, and what Metro can do to improve.

U.Va. Claims Its First National Baseball Championship

The Cavaliers beat defending champion Vanderbilt for the title.

Federal Intervention Needed For Maryland's Congressional Map, Group Says

The map of Maryland's congressional districts is a "national embarrassment," says a conservative watchdog group, and it's asking the federal courts to weigh in.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Former Home State Of Confederate Capital Confronts Awkward History

Across the South, images and symbols associated with the Confederacy are coming under new scrutiny — and no other state has more reminders of that era than Virginia, which housed the one-time capital of the Confederacy.

Day 2 Of NTSB Hearings Turns On Metro's Close-Call Reporting System

Metro's safety culture was under the microscope on the second day of NTSB hearings, including some memorable exchanges about the bathroom habits of train operators.

Explainer: The Region Moves On Minimum Wage Hike, Paid Sick Leave

Two WAMU 88.5 reporters explain how D.C., Montgomery County and Prince George's County are cooperating — and competing — on measures that help low-wage workers.

Thousands Of Documents, But No 'Solid Conclusions' In Metro Smoke Incident

A chaotic picture emerged from the first day of testimony at National Transportation Safety Board headquarters about the harrowing Jan. 12 incident.