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.
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.
We bid farewell to gay rights pioneer, Frank Kameny, who died this week at age 86. Metro Connection interviewed Kameny for our "Underdogs" show in February 2011; we revisit that conversation, conducted on the stretch of 17th Street NW known as "Frank Kameny Way."
[Music: "Unforgettable" by Jackie Gleason Orchestra from Music, Martinis and Memories / "Love You Inside Out [Instrumental in the Style of the Bee Gees]" by Love You Inside Out from Karaoke Hits Vol. 2]
And as we fall in to autumn and enjoy the seasonal change, we explore Transitions. We'll meet local women grappling with the transition to motherhood - and get an honest perspective on what it's like to bring a baby home for the very first time. We'll also check out a musical revue about the transition from college to the working world, and then explore the other end of the spectrum: the transition from work to retirement.
[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from...
After the 1968 riots, Northwest D.C.'s 14th Street was dominated by prostitutes, drug dealers and panhandlers. As the century turned, so did the neighborhood: now the stretch between Rhode Island and U is home to posh retailers and high-class eateries, with plenty of development on the way. Yet over the past few months, a number of local businesses have announced they're shutting their doors -- some with hopes of moving to a lower-rent neighborhood. Rebecca Sheir talks with retailers and...
Leah Chase's restaurant in New Orleans has served the likes of Thurgood Marshall, Sarah Vaughn and Duke Ellington. Now the legendary chef has earned the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award. Host Michel Martin speaks with Chase about her latest accomplishment.
President Obama is once again calling for the prison at Guantanamo Bay to be shut down, even though new polls suggest most Americans want it to stay open. But the chorus of critics has gained one surprising member: former Guantanamo Chief Prosecutor Morris Davis. Host Michel Martin talks with Davis about why he now feels the facility should be closed.
Amazon is piloting 14 possible shows for its streaming video service. The audience will vote on which shows it likes best. TV critic Eric Deggans says the process and the shows would like to be breaking ground for a new media — but they aren't.
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