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.
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]
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]
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.
A 7-foot tall statue of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass is more than just a tribute to the man. It's a larger-than-life reminder of the fight over voting rights and statehood for Washington, D.C.
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