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.
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]
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...
NPR's Bob Mondello and Susan Stamberg read excerpts of two of the best submissions for Round 11 of our short story contest. They read Snowflake by Winona Wendth of Lancaster, Mass., and Geometry by Eugenie Montague of Los Angeles.
The grill "is the one and only male-dominated appliance in America," says a researcher who recently crunched the numbers. He found that men are more than twice as likely as women to be the primary grillers at home. One reason? Grilling can feel like a form of recreation.
The Federal Trade Commission is in the early stages of opening an antitrust probe into how Google runs its online display advertising business, according to a report by Bloomberg News, citing sources who want to remain anonymous because the FTC has not announced the probe.
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