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.
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.
Only 18 months ago, the Washington region was inundated with stinkbugs. We check back in to see what problems these invasive insects are causing today, and what the latest research is showing in terms of how to fight them.
In May, we met Waverly and Oliver McNeil: young siblings with the genetic, degenerative disorder MPS III. We visit the McNeil family at Jill's House, a center for children with intellectual disabilities, to see how the youngsters are faring today.
The contentious little creatures were allowed in the Chelsea Flower Show for the first time in its 100-year history. Their presence has been hotly debated, but celebrity-decorated gnomes will be sold for a cause.
Does the kind of charcoal you use really make a difference when it comes to grilling up a tasty steak or other food on the grill? Yes — but deciding which one to use depends on what you're after. Both briquettes and lump charcoal — aka "natural" hardwood charcoal — have their advantages and disadvantages.
The Federal Trade Commission is in the early stages of opening an antitrust probe into how Google runs its online display advertising business, according to a report by Bloomberg News, citing sources who want to remain anonymous because the FTC has not announced the probe.
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