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Friday, October 14, 2016

Battle Over A Capitol Hill Block Cools Off As Commission Rejects Historic District

A plan to turn 770-foot-long Emerald Street NE into a historic district is on hold after residents expressed concerns over the additional costs it would impose and criticized the speed with which the proposal was moving forward.

Both Art And Protest, 'I Want A President' Reimagines Commander-In-Chief

Part protest, part performance art, the "I Want A President" calls for a U.S. president unlike the country has ever seen.

Audio Postcard: The Sounds From The Seats At The Nationals' Game 5 Loss

WAMU Morning Edition producer Mikaela Lefrak was at the Nationals' Game 5 loss to the Dodgers Thursday night. She brings us this perspective from the stands.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Stuck At Work Overnight: End Of Late-Night Metro Trains Takes A Toll On Some

The hardships caused by SafeTrack, the system-wide rebuilding program that has placed a moratorium on late-night Metrorail service, can't be measured solely by numbers on a piece of paper.

Battle Lines Drawn Ahead Of Metro General Manager's Budget Proposal

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld is trying to close an estimated $250 million budget deficit. But there's a rift forming between WMATA board's politically appointed board members over how to increase funding.

Bowser Says $100 Million For Affordable Housing Is 'Historic.' But Is It Enough?

D.C. is spending $100 million per year to build and preserve affordable housing in an increasingly expensive city. But while housing advocates say the spending is historic, they also say it's not nearly enough given the scope of the problem.

As Alonzo Smith Case Yields No Charges, Activists Demand More Information

Pan-African Community Action is calling for more transparency after the announcement by the U.S. Attorney's Office in D.C. that no charges will be filed in the death of Alonzo Smith.

'It'll Expand To Include Everything Good' — Chris Thile On His Plans For 'A Prairie Home Companion'

Chris Thile takes over as the host of A Prairie Home Companion this weekend, marking a new era for the legendary radio show made famous by Garrison Keillor. Hear an expanded version of the interview Thile did with WAMU 88.5's Morning Edition host, Matt McCleskey.

LISTEN: Metro May Leave The Station Without Nats Fans, While The Board Tackles The Budget

Metro won't stay open late — even for the Nationals, while the board is dealing with how to address major financial hurdles. Transportation reporter Martin Di Caro walks through the stories of the day with Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Capital Bikeshare Expanding To Tysons Corner, Reston

Fairfax County will soon be part of the growing network of cities and counties in the Washington region hosting Capital Bikeshare stations.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

LISTEN: Was A Metro Track Issue Worse Than Thought? And Can The Region Agree On Funding?

The Washington region’s transit system finds itself under the microscope again this week for safety and accountability issues. And leaders of D.C., Maryland and Virginia discuss how to create a dedicated funding stream for Metro.

After Hurricane Matthew's Devastation, A Haitian-American In D.C. Tries To Help

Haiti is still reeling from Hurricane Matthew, which has left hundreds dead after hitting the country just over one week ago. As relief efforts continue, one Haitian-American in D.C. weighs in on what he’s doing to respond.

D.C.'s First Creative Time Summit Asks How Art Can Influence Politics

How can art influence politics? The Creative Time Summit, touching down in D.C. for the first time this weekend, explores that question.

Nationals Lose to Dodgers, Return to Washington For Final Game Of The NLDS

The two teams are now tied in the series with two wins each. They play the fifth and final game on Thursday.

Metro Inspections Failed To Capture Dangerous Track Conditions Prior To July Derailment, Documents Show

We're getting another glimpse of Metro's broken safety culture after a review of monthly inspection reports, wherein the severity of deterioration at the site of a July derailment was never addressed.