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.
Hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine recently donated $70 million to the University of Southern California. Many people are applauding their generosity, but some aren't so happy. Host Michel Martin speaks with Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University, about why he thinks an HBCU should have gotten the money.
What's more, when it comes to some nutrients, like vitamin C, canned peaches pack an even bigger punch than fresh, researchers say. The reasons have to do with how the canning process alters the fruit's cell walls. So eat 'em up!
Ohio Representative Marcia Fudge is still relatively new on the block. But she's established herself as the new head of the Congressional Black Congress. In the role, she's already been very vocal about whether the President is doing enough for people of color. Host Michel Martin talks with Congresswomen Fudge about her ideas for America.
A 3-D printer is being credited with helping to save an Ohio baby's life, after doctors "printed" a tube to support a weak airway that caused him to stop breathing. The innovative procedure has allowed Kaiba Gionfriddo, of Youngstown, Ohio, to stay off a ventilator for more than a year.
When you give to WAMU, your tax-deductible membership gift helps make possible award-winning programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and other favorites.