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.
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.
Every holiday season, members of the United House of Prayer for all People go all-out, decorating the home of their bishop with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights. The lighting tradition grew out of a dark period in D.C. history, after the riots in 1968.
Giuseppe Arcimboldo was a 16th-century artist who liked to play with his food, transforming it into the building blocks of many of his fantastical portraits. Artist Philip Haas has taken those portraits out of museums, reinterpreting them as colossal statues that interact with the natural environment.
College students and recent graduates crammed the top floor of a tech hub in Nairobi for a competition built around the theme "Solutions for the Next Billion Mobile Users." Africa has more than 600 million mobile phone users (approximately 11 percent of the global total) – and the number is growing.
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