MS. REBECCA SHEIR
I'm Rebecca Sheir.
MR. ROB SACHS
And I'm Rob Sachs.
And welcome to "Metro Connection." This week, we're talking identity and when it comes to identity, you've got all kinds, right? You've got your personal identity.
Things like gender, sexual orientation, personality...
You've got group identity.
Religion, culture, political affiliation, national identity...
And then, of course, places have an identity, too, like, say, Washington D.C.?
You mean the city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm?
Or so said President John F. Kennedy. But through the years, plenty of people have tried to capture D.C.'s identity in words and not always in the most flattering way, right?
Right, take President Andrew Johnson.
Washington D.C. is 12 square miles bordered by reality.
Or President Harry Truman?
If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.
And then we have Charles Dickens.
It is sometimes called The City of Magnificent Distances, but it might, with greater propriety, be termed the The City of Magnificent Intentions.
And finally, Mark Twain.
There is something good and motherly about Washington, the grand old benevolent national asylum for the helpless.
We wanted to know how you, our faithful listeners, would describe D.C.'s identity using just three words. So we put a call out on Facebook, Twitter and WAMU's online community forum, The Conversation.
We happen to have a list of your responses right here so -- I don't know, Rob. Do you want to get us started by reading a couple?
All right. Let's see here. "Smart, passionate, serious." "Warm, international, happening."
And "weather, never, right."
"Weather, never, right." How about this one? "Not, so, Southern," or "diverse, political, congested." "Congested, as in traffic," this listener writes.
Although during allergy season sinus congestion comes to mind. Then another listener offered up, "where, is, it?" Okay here, a whole list of three-word combos. Let me just go down and look at a couple. "Pros, and, Joes." "Food, art, politics." "Grownup, Greek, life," and "you, know, who."
Hum, it sounds like a haiku there.
And finally, here's an offering from another listener. "One, word, blackberry."
I can so relate to that. So anyhow, as you can see, D.C. is different things to different people, all of whom are working and playing in the DMV and holding on to their own identities. And we hear from a bunch of those people in the next hour.
We'll meet a group who are living out Jules Verne's dreams of a world powered by steam and hear about a DJ who left his Southern roots for D.C.'s hard rock scene.
We'll find out what it takes to call yourself a true Baltimore Hon and learn why Washington D.C. is one of the riskiest cities when it comes to protecting your identity online.
And we'll try to identify the mysterious booms that have been rattling a Maryland community since the late 1990s.
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