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.
Listeners respond to our recent "Haunted D.C." and "Outside Looking In" editions of the show.
[Music: "A Message to You Rudy (Karaoke-Version) As Made Famous By: The Specials" by Charly Karaoke Group from Karaoke World: Here We Go / "Rock Around the Clock (Rock'n'Roll)" by Hugo Strasser from Tanzalbum Des Jahrhunderts (Disc 2)]
It's our annual exploration of all things spooky and mysterious in the nation's capital and beyond - from a particularly creepy TV studio, to a sleepover at one of the most haunted houses in the District.
[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks / "Ghostbusters [Instrumental]" by Ray Parker, Jr. from Ghostbusters]
This week we'll feature stories about people rallying together to overcome obstacles or achieve a dream. We'll learn about a new program that's helping local seniors regain their voices despite memory loss. We'll head to Rock Creek Park, where a historic mill that once provided Washington with fresh flour is rumbling back to life. And we'll hear about the families converging on Washington for a long-awaited military burial.
[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title...
For decades, Capitol Hill residents have watched the stately Old Naval Hospital at 9th and Pennsylvania Avenue SE crumble and deteriorate. Now the building is getting a new lease on life as the Hill Center. The brand new community hub will feature everything from cooking and yoga classes to film screenings and rental space for special events. Rebecca Sheir tours the Hill Center to learn the building's history, and hear how a hospital commissioned by President Abraham Lincoln has transformed in to a gathering place for residents of Capitol Hill.
[Music: "Our Love is Here to Stay" by Dexter Gordon from Our Man in Paris]
For some seniors struggling with memory loss, completing a single sentence can be an arduous, even impossible task. But at Iona Senior Services, individuals facing cognitive decline are weaving together entire tales through a new program called Time Slips. As Jessica Gould tells us, the goal is to bring people together and help individuals who are at a loss for words achieve the triumph of a complete thought.
[Music: "Time After Time" by John Coltrane from Stardust]
Quidditch was invented "in a small hotel in Manchester after a row with my then boyfriend," writes the Harry Potter creator. Other book news: Ireland puts an entire short story on a postage stamp; Daniel Handler on Midwestern literature; and the best books coming out this week.
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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