Each week, WAMU 88.5's Metro Connection reaches across D.C., Maryland and Virginia to gather the sounds and stories that capture the current events, culture and personalities driving the Washington region.
Alicia Graf Mack thought her dancing days were over when an autoimmune disorder forced her to hang up her toe shoes. But now she's back, dancing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and determined to make the most of her time on stage.
Rebecca Sheir continues her series on Virginia's Holy Cross Abbey, a 62-year-old Trappist monastery whose future hangs in the balance. This time, we explore the monks' new farming partnership with their neighbors across the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Virginia is sorting through the evidence from thousands of criminal cases from the 1970s and 80s. Legal observers say the review's outcome could shed light on the true number of people sent to prison for crimes they didn't commit.
This week we'll circle back to some of the Washingtonians we've met over the past few years, and get updates on their stories — from an opera star to stinkbug scientists to kids struggling with obesity.
In 2011, we met opera superstar Marquita Lister, a D.C. native whose career nearly ended after a devastating medical diagnosis. Nearly two years later, we check back in to hear how she's getting her life and career back on track.
After years trying to conceive, novelist Jennifer Gilmore and her husband decided to adopt. What they thought would be a relatively simple process was instead a long and painful one. In her latest novel, Gilmore channels these autobiographical experiences into fiction.
Although scientists have known that a funguslike organism caused the potato blight that triggered the Great Famine in Ireland in the 1840s, they didn't know which strain was the culprit. But they do now, thanks to the genes in some 19th century potato samples.
As criticism of the Obama administration over a string of scandals grows, conservatives see an opportunity to gain momentum for 2014 races. Host Neal Conan and Political Junkie Ken Rudin talk with political science professor Jack Pitney about the GOP and the re-emergence of the Tea Party. Plus: the week in politics from Anthony Weiner's New York mayoral candidacy to the Senate immigration bill.
Apple CEO Tim Cook faced tough questions on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. He defended a tax strategy that allows Apple to avoid taxes on tens of billions of dollars of profits. Cook also called on the Congress to lower the U.S. corporate tax rate.
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