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.
When Christine Ha won MasterChef in 2012, she blew the reality TV show judges away with her Vietnamese influenced cooking. But what really impressed viewers was that she had total control in the kitchen, even though she's blind. Host Michel Martin speaks to Christine Ha about her new cookbook Recipes from my Home Kitchen.
More and more gardeners are bypassing the local nursery and instead starting their veggies from seed. Seeds are often cheaper and they give growers a bigger choice of varieties. At a community garden in Venice, Calif., students learn the ins and outs of gardening from scratch.
Host Michel Martin looks into why some non-profits are tax exempt, and how something like the recent IRS flap could happen. She speaks with David Cay Johnston, a columnist for Tax Analysts and reporter Brentin Mock of Colorlines.com.
Yahoo is expected to announce Monday that it's acquiring the social media site Tumblr, in a deal The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets are reporting to be worth about $1.1 billion. Some analysts are calling the acquisition an effort by Yahoo to be "cool and relevant" again.
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