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 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...
Becoming a mother is arguably one of the biggest transitions a woman goes through in life, and many pregnant women are told to "enjoy every minute" of the experience. But what happens when your happy expectations crash up against a very different reality?
Actor James Gandolfini, 51, has reportedly died. Variety magazine reports that he suffered a "sudden stroke." The cause of death is not yet known with certainty, but HBO says the actor may have suffered a heart attack.
The prize is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize for food and agriculture." And this year's winners include Monsanto executive Robert Fraley, a pioneer in genetically engineered crops. If there's a single person who personifies the company's controversial role in American agriculture, it's probably Fraley.
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