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.
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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