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This Week on Metro Connection: Wild Cards

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We're shuffling up and dealing out Wild Cards this week, with stories that run the gamut...
We're shuffling up and dealing out Wild Cards this week, with stories that run the gamut...

Today we're dealing out a deck of "wild cards": stories that are intriguing, unpredictable, and hard to fit in to neat categories. We'll hear about some rarely-discussed moments in Washington's gay history, and find out why D.C.'s Bikeshare program may inadvertently be encouraging unsafe riding. We'll also learn what a "ring shout" is, and go south to Panama, to hear why local researchers are worried about the fate of frogs.

[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks / "Hodge Podge, Strained through a Leslie" by Steppenwolf from All-Time Greatest Hits]

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