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.
David Greene talks with Morning Edition film critic Kenneth Turan about some of the movies at this year's Cannes Film Festival in France. They include a standout from American director Alexander Payne called Nebraska. Turan first covered the movie festival 42 years ago.
Activists say the case against Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger is about raw milk — and much more. His supporters have turned the case into a rallying cry for personal food freedom and the rights of farmers and consumers to enter into private contracts without government intervention.
On Wednesday, Lois Lerner, the IRS official overseeing the tax-exempt organizations office, refused to testify during a hearing on Capitol Hill, and was attacked by some Republicans on the House committee. Her brief appearance was the beginning of a five-hour session marked by angry outbursts and allegations of political motives.
You've probably seen it in your inbox before: Someone who claims to have come into a fortune needs your help. You can share in the profits — if you send along a deposit or your bank account number. Boston Globe correspondent Finn Brunton talks about the history of the "Nigerian prince" or "419" scam, which actually got its start long before email.
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