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Friday, October 23, 2015

Ahead Of Ed Walker's Final Show, An Inside Look At Making 'The Big Broadcast'

WAMU Chief Broadcast Technician Tobey Schreiner has produced an estimated 1,250 shows with Ed Walker. In advance of Walker's final broadcast, Schreiner gives "Metro Connection" a behind-the-scenes look at creating the show.

This Week On Metro Connection: Oct. 23, 2015

This week we're bringing you a compilation of some of our best stories from 2015, plus a story about The Big Broadcast host Ed Walker, who recently announced his retirement.

The Capital Of Kink? Why Washington D.C. Is Often Ranked Among The Kinkiest Cities

The nation's capital has long been home to a thriving BDSM scene, and researchers say Washington is in fact one of the kinkiest places in the nation.

How Maryland Officials Hope To Cut D.C. To Baltimore Commute To Just 15 Minutes

Taking a plane-free trip from D.C. to Baltimore in 15 minutes — or D.C. to New York in an hour — could soon become a reality.

Clips: Where WAMU's Velvety-Voiced Talk-Show Host Gets His Shave-And-A-Haircut

As we continue our exploration of D.C.'s barber shop, we visit Kojo Nnamdi's longtime haunt in Park View.

102-Year-Old D.C. Artist Embraces A Century Of 'Dancing In The Wonder'

At 102, D.C. resident Marilee Shapiro Asher is still a working artist and shares her life story in a new autobiography.

When Mom Needs Rehab, What About The Kids? New D.C. Programs Offer Solutions

Could allowing women to bring their children with them to rehab help break the cycle of addiction? The nonprofits Samaritan Inns and So Others Might Eat are launching programs to help.

Music Isn't Just Entertainment For Some Patients — It's Life-Changing Therapy

Before a stroke robbed him of the ability to sing and speak, Jim Bob Rodriguez was active in various men's choirs and barely ever missed a week singing at church. Three years later, he's regaining his ability to both sing and speak, thanks revolutionary music therapy.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Improved Wireless Service Is Coming To Metro, But It May Take Years

Metro and wireless carriers have a pending agreement to begin installing cables for extended mobile coverage, but improved cell service may not kick in for five more years.

Plan For Metro Retirement Benefits Stymied By Board Reps

In a move that signals deepening political divisions on Metro's governing body, Maryland's voting contingent on the transit authority's board of directors exercised its jurisdictional veto, killing a proposal to fund a trust for employees' retirement benefits.

D.C. Buyers May Pay A Lot For A Home, But Pay Least In Property Taxes

If you can get in on the District's hot real estate market, there's a perk waiting for you: property taxes in the nation's capital are lower than anywhere in the region.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Region's Transportation Board Says Yes To I-66 Toll Plans

Tolls along portions of I-66 in Virginia — both inside and outside of the Beltway — are closer to becoming a reality.

With More Body-Worn Cameras Coming, Debate Shifts To Who'll Get To See Video

Open-government advocates and D.C. officials on Wednesday debated how much access the public should have to footage from body-worn cameras, which are expected to be in use by the city's 2,800 patrol officers within the next year.

To Keep Tabs On Metro, Federal Transit Administration Will Beef Up Safety Team

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has handed off safety oversight of the Metro to Federal Transit Administration, but the federal agency will need to bring on more inspectors to keep up with the workload.

Closing The Loopholes On A Living Wage In Montgomery County

Montgomery County requires county-funded projects to pay workers a living wage — butsome employers have found ways to get around that, something some on the county council would like to fix.