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.
Moulah. Smackers. Cabbage. Dough. This week we're all about the thing that "makes the world go round": Money. We'll meet an entrepreneur who has her foot in the entrepreneurial door... at the tender age of 11. We'll interview a woman who's clawing her way back from the brink of personal and financial ruin. We'll hear how money -- and the lack thereof -- is affecting clean-up in the Chesapeake Bay, and the new arts season in D.C. Plus, we'll catch up with clipboard-carrying canvassers...
Starting your own business can be challenging enough, let alone when you've just entered 6th grade. 11-year-old Gabrielle Jordan Williams is CEO and founder of Jewelz of Jordan, and she's written a new book she hopes will inspire other kids to follow in her footsteps.
What does budgeting look like when you only have a few dollars in your pocket? Ask Carol Unger -- a 45-year-old homeless woman living in a shelter in Northwest D.C. -- about how she gets through the day and makes do in the leanest of times.
The Chesapeake blue crab has long been part of Maryland's identity. But the watermen who pull these crabs from the depths of the Bay say it's almost impossible to make a living at their trade these days. So some of them have formed the Blue Crab Design Team, to come up with a solution. Bryan Russo attends one of their monthly meetings on the Eastern Shore, and brings us the waterman's perspective on an iconic way of life.
[Music: "Sea of Love" by Tom Waits from Brawlers /...
For nearly 20 years, Metro has provided door-to-door rides for disabled people who can't use the system's bus or rail service. The program is expensive, and some riders say the cost isn't necessarily resulting in a top-notch product. Jim Hilgen learns more about the MetroAccess program, and why it's so difficult to improve the public transit experience for disabled commuters.
[Music: "A to B" by The Futureheads from The Futureheads / "Money" by Pickin' On Series from Pickin' on...
You can't walk down certain D.C. streets without getting hit up for a donation from an eager canvasser for a nonprofit organization. It often seems no one stops to talk to them, much less donate money, so just what it is it that drives people to take jobs that bring so much rejection?
Get ready for an audio scavenger hunt, as we search for things that have gone missing -- from a pig's head to a prosthetic leg. We'll visit a neighborhood that vanished a century ago, and rummage through the lost and found bin at Reagan National Airport. Plus, we meet a man who discovered a new path after his father went to prison.
Lint rollers, wooden eggs, purse hooks -- you'd be amazed the things local diners pilfer from Washington-area restaurants. And Amy McKeever of EaterDC keeps a running tally with her online column, "Sh*t People Steal." Rebecca Sheir joins McKeever at Graffiato -- the new Italian eatery opened by Top Chef alumnus Mike Isabella -- to see what kind of stuff has gone missing so far...
[Music: "Been Caught Stealing" by Richard Cheese from Aperitif For Destruction]
You know that feeling you get when you realize you're missing something essential - such as your cell phone, laptop or wallet? Well, those items just might be in the good old Lost and Found. Jim Hilgen rummages through the bins at Reagan National Airport and Amtrak's Union Station to learn about the things travelers leave behind -- and how many items find their owners again.
[Music: "Losing It (Instrumental Version)" by Never Shout Never from The Summer EP (Instrumental version...
A group of scientists are utilizing their passion for their field to try and light a fire under area students, hoping to reverse the trend of decreased interest in science amongst high school students.
The loss of NASA's space shuttle program in Florida has led to an influx of space-related business for local companies. Sabri Ben-Achour visits one of the giants of Virginia's burgeoning space industry and profiles a space race in transition.
[Music: " I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Instrumental)" by Cloning Einstein from I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For]
In Massachusetts, what's been a relatively lackluster campaign to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry is heating up. Veteran Democratic Rep. Ed Markey is running against Republican Gabriel Gomez, a businessman and former Navy SEAL. Gomez is a political newcomer.
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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