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.
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]
The Smithsonian American Art Museum houses an enormous work of art that looks like a glittering silver and gold throne, surrounded by ornate religious relics. It's actually made of everyday, found objects, from broken light bulbs and drinking glasses to jelly jars and foil. Rebecca Sheir visits "The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly" with Kim Bender, author of "The Location," to learn about the masterpiece and the janitor-turned-artist who created it....
Tony Lewis, Jr., was just eight years old when he lost his father to a life sentence in prison, and his mother to a mental hospital. At age 31, he looks back on his difficult childhood, and how it led him to find the career he has today: working with ex-offenders and the children of incarcerated parents in D.C. Alice Ollstein gives us a window into Tony's life and journey.
[Music: " You Found Me (Karaoke in the Style of the Fray)]
This week we visit Glenmont, Md., where one resident raves about the neighborhood's library and public transportation system. We also visit McLean, Va. where one woman recounts her experience moving to the community in 1954.
[Music: "No, Girl" by John Davis from Title Tracks]
We pause this week to remember the day our city and nation changed forever: September 11, 2001. We'll meet a man who survived the attack on the Pentagon, and another who took on the monumental task of rebuilding the iconic structure. We'll hear from military families and the local Muslim community, and hit the streets to talk with residents about their memories of that historic day.
[Music: "Walking: by John Davis / "Aidos" by Bexar Bexar from Haralambos]
Lt. Col. Robert Grunewald was in the middle of a routine meeting at the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building. The two men on either side of him perished, and Grunewald escaped only by crawling on his hands and knees through corridors on fire. Grunewald talks with Rebecca Sheir about his story of disaster, heartbreak and, ultimately, hope.
[Music: "KT" by Bexar Bexar from Haralambos / "Pay Attention" by Bexar Bexar from Haralambos]
Fairfax County fire battalion chief Ed Brinkley was one of the hundreds of emergency responders who rushed to the Pentagon after it was attacked. He helped lead his internationally recognized urban search and rescue team, Virginia Task Force 1, in a desperate search for survivors. Now, 10 years later, he tells Marc Adams about that day and what made it different from any disaster he and his colleagues have responded to before or since.
Military families feel the impact of September 11th every day -- especially those with members who've been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Kavitha Cardoza visits Middle High School at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia to talk with students and teachers about the attacks and the ripple effects they continue to have on military families.
[Music: ""Comptine D'un Autre Ete: L'apres Midi" by Yann Tiersen from Amelie]
In the 10 years since 9/11, Muslims in Northern Virginia have seen as much scrutiny from federal law enforcement and the national media as any community in the country. And that attention has forced Muslim groups to evolve and adapt. Jonathan Wilson visits a local mosque to find out how this community has changed, and how Muslims are approaching the upcoming anniversary of 9/11.
[Music: "We Insist" by Zoe Keating from One Cello x 16: Natoma]
In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Reagan National Airport was shuttered for 23 days while new security measures were implemented. Jim Hilgen speaks with local airport officials about that shut down, and the new measures that were put in place. He also takes the pulse of travelers, finding out their views on whether air travel is safer -- or just more inconvenient.
[Music: "Breathe Me" by Sia from Colour the Small One]
China is on a spree to build world-class museums and has opened about 100 of them annually in recent years. Two of the biggest opened on the same day last fall on opposite banks of Shanghai's Huangpu River. But filling these museums — with both art and visitors — is proving more challenging.
The nation's largest group of nutritionists is urging the FDA to reject the dairy industry's petition to change the definition of milk. The petition aims to allow aspartame or other alternatives to be used to sweeten milk in an effort to boost consumption in schools.
Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division dealing with nonprofits seeking tax-exempt status, will not testify on Wednesday despite a congressional subpoena, her attorney says. She is accused of closely scrutinizing conservative groups that sought tax-exempt status.
Microsoft unveiled its new Xbox One Tuesday, displaying a device that takes new steps in game consoles' journey into becoming all-purpose entertainment and communication devices. The new console replaces the Xbox 360, which has been on the market for more than seven years.
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