WAMU 88.5 : Metro Connection

Rob DeFeo: Floral Forecaster

Play associated audio
Rob DeFeo, chief horticulturalist of the National Park Service.
Julia Edwards
Rob DeFeo, chief horticulturalist of the National Park Service.

One of the first official signs of spring in D.C. is those cherry blossoms in bloom. And the predictor of the highly-anticipated annual blossom peak is about to call it a day. National Park Service Chief Horticulturalist Rob DeFeo is on the brink of retirement, and as he tells Julia Edwards, he takes very little credit for his role as caretaker of D.C.'s monumental trees.

[Music: "Blossom" by TV Theme Players from TV Themes - Best Of Comedy Theme Songs]

WAMU 88.5

Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

NPR

The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
WAMU 88.5

What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

NPR

Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.