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.
With one of the highest costs of living in the country, D.C. can be a hard place for an artist to get by - especially when it comes to finding affordable studio space. In this rebroadcast from our "Getting By and Getting Ahead" show, Rebecca Sheir talks with local artists at 52 O Street, a building that's been bringing artists together since the late 1970s, about how to survive as an artist without sacrificing your passion.
[Music: "Follow Your Bliss" by The B52s from Nude on the...
We're pressing our noses against the glass, with a show for the outsider in all of us. We'll hear how Washington appears to the thousands of school kids who flock here as tourists each year, and talk with two gay comedians trying to break down barriers in the world of stand-up. Plus, we'll hit the road to hear how residents of other cities view the people and culture of the nation's capital.
[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks / "Baby It's Cold...
When it comes to city government, the District is dominated by Democrats. So if you're an aspiring politician of a non-Democratic stripe, you're pretty much an outsider by default. Rebecca Sheir talks with WAMU's District reporter, Patrick Madden, about the ways D.C.'s Democratic dominance has affected -- and continues to affect -- political debate in the nation's capitol.
[Music: "Fight For Your Right to Party" by Richard Cheese from Lounge Against the Machine]
This week, we visit Truxton Circle, where one resident says the D.C. neighborhood's name was destroyed decades ago to make room for automobile traffic. We also visit Clinton, Md., the city where President Lincoln was assassinated.
[Music: "No, Girl" by John Davis from Title Tracks / "The Outside (Karaoke)" by Taylor Swift]
Los Angeles is more than 2,600 miles from the District - and arguably a world away from Washington in terms of culture and geography. We wrap up our road trip here in the city of entertainment to find out how Angelinos view life in the nation's capital.
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.
Apple is paying billions of dollars less than it should in U.S. taxes each year, according to a report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The report says Apple avoids billions in tax payments mainly by shifting profits to three subsidiary companies in Ireland.
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