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Saturday, December 5, 2015

New Beginning: Listeners, We Want To Hear From You

We’d love your help imagining what the next Metro Connection looks and sounds like. What sorts of local storytelling do you want to hear more of?

Friday, December 4, 2015

Does Metro Need To Be Kinder? Board Of Directors Weighs In

At a meeting of the Metro board of directors Thursday, several members questioned whether Metro employees are up to the task of handling customers in a transit system beset by problems.

This Week On Metro Connection: Dec. 4, 2015

We'll hear the tumultuous and almost otherworldly tale of the effort to create a memorial to Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. And we'll meet the man who's now calling the shots at the Smithsonian Institution. Plus, we'll imagine what Washington will look, smell and feel like 200 years from now.

How D.C.'s Judge Shortage Affects The City's Most Vulnerable

The D.C. Superior Court is short on judges, especially in the Family Court, where judges make life-and-death decisions about neglected children in the District.

Why The Clara Barton National Historic Site Was 60 Years In The Making

It’s been 40 years since the Clara Barton National Historic Site was established in Glen Echo, Maryland, honoring the founder of the American Red Cross. But plans for a memorial began more than 100 years ago. What caused the delay?

What Will Washington Look Like 200 Years From Now? Mapping The D.C. Of 2215

What will Washington, D.C.'s neighborhoods look, smell and feel like 200 years from now? Erik Moe is combining narratives, maps and illustrations to create an "Atlas of Future Neighborhoods" and a location-aware app.

Meet Dr. David Skorton, Bao Bao's Big Boss At Smithsonian

Nineteen museums, 20 libraries, numerous research centers, plus the 1,800 animals at the National Zoo: all of it is now the responsibility of David Skorton, the newest secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

With Food And Friendship, Sikh Group Reaches Out To Montgomery Co. Educators

After a man who may have mistook Sikhs for Muslims attacked a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012, students in Montgomery County, Maryland, started a group to educate their peers and teachers about their religion. Sikh Kid-to-Kid aims to prevent bullying and acts of violence in Montgomery County schools.

Bookend: 'My First English Teacher Was Hip-Hop'

Kyle Dargan's newest and fourth collection of poetry, "Honest Engine," explores the mechanics of the heart and the mind with precise, sometimes brutal, language.

How A Condo Development Saved The Weird, Wonderful National Park Seminary

The names of Greek gods adorn the units in a Silver Spring condo building, built to resemble a Greek Gymnasium. Nearby properties painstakingly recreate a Japanese pagoda, a Dutch windmill and a Spanish mission. And all of them tell a historic-conservation success story that began in the late 1800s.

Meet This Maryland Woman Who Makes A Living By Whispering

In the YouTube videos of "Gentle Whispering Maria," Maria talks softly while doing everyday activities, from running her fingers over a hairbrush to opening an envelope. With millions of views and hundreds of thousands of followers, this Baltimore woman was able to quit her day job.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Homeless 'Tent Town' Razed Near Watergate In D.C.

Tuesday, the remnants of a homeless encampment — a tent town — near D.C.'s Watergate complex were torn down as part of a broader push to address homelessness, according to D.C. authorities.

Farewell, Metro's Paper Farecard. (We Probably Won't Miss You.)

Looking for a paper farecard? Good luck — Metro has stopped selling them.

Chief Justice Roberts Asked To Intervene In Legal Fight Over D.C. Concealed Carry Bill

A pro-gun rights attorney is asking Chief Justice John Roberts to help resolve a legal fight that has become central to the fate of D.C.'s concealed carry law.

Regulators Grill Pepco And Exelon Execs Over Proposed Merger

The fate of the $7 billion merger between Pepco and Exelon likely hinges on what officials tell the D.C. Public Service Commission during this week's hearings.