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.
We'll bring you a veritable cornucopia of stories this week — from a teacher who's venting his frustrations in a very public way, to an artist who's finding inspiration by painting strangers on the street.
Jazz legend Andrew White has spent a lifetime making up his own rules — both for making music, and for running his prolific one-man publishing company, "Andrew's Music," which turns 41 years old this month.
At a new experimental house run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, software programs replicate the day-to-day activities of humans. The goal is to demonstrate that an energy-efficient house can be "net zero," not consuming more energy than it produces.
Artist Nicole Bourgea has created 10 life-size oil paintings of random people she has met this year. On Oct. 1, she will place each portrait back at the location where she first saw the subject with a note: "If this is you, this painting is yours to take."
In this month's Bookend, we chat with Allison Leotta, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia who now spends her time writing fast-paced legal thrillers set in the nation's capital.
Howard University is in the midst of a sweeping overhaul of its academic programs and departments, as it seeks to become a top research university, while continuing to educate under-served communities.
The screenwriter, producer, director and actor, whose name has become synonymous with American comedy, talks about his penchant for spoofs and his decades-long friendship with Carl Reiner. Brooks is the subject of a new American Masters documentary on PBS.
Despite its name, the "pot pig" experiment isn't an attempt to develop a new meaty treat for stoners. Instead, a Seattle butcher is feeding marijuana seeds, stems and root bulbs to swine as a cheeky money-saving measure.
The IRS gave some conservative groups extra, improper scrutiny. Now there's a bipartisan request for the IRS to answer dozens of questions. Read the queries and demands for information from the top Democrat and top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.
Prominent women such as Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo's Marissa Mayer are proving that women are finding their place at the table. But in an op-ed for The New York Times, former programmer Ellen Ullman argues that women in the field today face "a new, more virile and virulent sexism."
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