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.
It's often said deaf people see better than hearing people, but a new study from Gallaudet University proves that's not the case. It turns out deaf people don't develop enhanced vision; they develop enhanced "visual attention" in their periphery. Rebecca Sheir speaks with hearing and deaf people at Gallaudet's Visual Language and Visual Learning Center, to learn more about the pros and cons of heightened visual attention.
[Music: "Sound and Vision" by David Bowie from Best of Bowie]
Having "The Talk" about the birds and the bees can be tricky for parents, but what about school personnel? WAMU education reporter Kavitha Cardoza talks with Rebecca Sheir about how D.C. Public School officials are working with school personnel on new ways to answer young people's questions about sex.
[Music: "Let's Talk About Sex" by Max Raabe from Super Hits]
What's up with the mysterious signals panda Mei Xiang is sending scientists at the National Zoo? Could she actually have a bun in the oven? In a follow-up to his February story, WAMU environment reporter Sabri Ben-Achour heads back to the Zoo, and brings us this update on Panda Pregnancy Watch 2011.
[Music: "Sexx Laws" by Dr. Lonnie Smith from Boogaloo to Beck]
We share some of the recent messages we've received from our listeners, from a local ecologist applauding a recent story on deer exclosures, to a driver enjoying Virginia's quieter pavement, to a woman trying to kick her fear of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
[Music: "A Message to You Rudy (Karaoke-Version) As Made Famous By: The Specials" by Charly Karaoke Group from Karaoke World: Here We Go / "Express Yourself (Karaoke Version)" by Karaoke #1 Hit Makers from Power of Madonna (in the...
"Washington" and "D.C.": is there really a difference between the two? Well, we decided to find out, with a little help from longtime Washingtonian and WAMU host Kojo Nnamdi, and some D.C. residents who are declaring their love for the District in a very personal, and permanent, way.
[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks / "Won't Go Home Without You (Karaoke Version) by Stingray Music Karaoke from Karaoke in the...
The Wilson Building (headquarters for the D.C. City Council) and the Capitol Building are practically neighbors. But these two political worlds spin in very different orbits, despite the efforts of city leaders to win more autonomy for the District. Rebecca Sheir visits the Wilson Building with WAMU's Patrick Madden, to discuss the sources of the tension between Congress and the city, and whether there's the potential for a rapprochement in the future.
Metro's Transit Police Department receives grants from the Department of Homeland Security to fund its counter-terrorism operations. But the grants don't pay for MTPD to combat the non-national security related crimes -- muggings, assaults, thefts, etc. -- that have been spiking in recent months. Transportation reporter David Schultz finds out what MTPD is doing to combat this spike, and whether its efforts are hampered by this federally driven focus on counter-terrorism.
St. Elizabeths in Southeast D.C. began as the "U.S. Government Hospital for the Insane." These days, it's bringing the Federal and District governments together, as the Federal-controlled West Campus and District-controlled East Campus are slated for significant development over the next decade. Rebecca Sheir visits St. Elizabeths with Rebecca Miller of the D.C. Preservation League, to find out how the impending arrival of some massive federal institutions will affect this local and National...
For more than a century, Mount Zion United Methodist Church was a cornerstone of Georgetown's predominantly black community. But over the years, the neighborhood has changed, and congregants have dispersed to other parts of the city and region. Still, many worshipers travel a long way to come back and participate in Sunday services. Jessica Gould attended a service to speak with members about what keeps drawing them to this local landmark and brings us this audio postcard.
"Green Infrastructure" uses mother nature's original design to control some of the problems we humans create, from pollution-laden storm-water runoff to urban heat islands. The Environmental Protection Agency is gung-ho about it, but it hasn't taken the local streets by storm, yet. Environment reporter Sabri Ben-Achour visits a garden in Northeast D.C. to find out why.
[Music: "It's Not Easy Being Green" by Ray Charles from Hallelujah I Love Her So!]
Dominick Cardella has been selling eclectic African and Asian wares for 40 years at the Artifactory, right by the National Archives. But now the longtime Washingtonian is closing shop. Rebecca Sheir talks with Cardella about how he's seen the neighborhood change outside Artifactory's doors.
[Music: "Seems Like Old Times" by Guy Lombardo from You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To]
While many people think Washington and federal jobs go hand-in-hand, there's a lot of disparity from ward to ward when it comes to unemployment. Courtney Collins speaks with the Department of Labor Services and frustrated job seekers about common obstacles to securing a job and what kind of support is available along the way.
[Music: "Dirty Work" by Steely Dan from The Definitive Collection]
FBI agents believe they have a credible lead on the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa's body. If they're right, it will solve a longstanding mystery, which will also deflate Hoffa's resonance in popular culture.
The legislation is one of the most far-reaching abortion bills in decades and follows the May murder convictions of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. The bill, which would ban nearly all abortions starting 20 weeks after fertilization, is unlikely to ever become law.
Profits for the nation's carmakers are on the rise, but after years of doing more with less, higher profits are unlikely to translate into significant numbers of new jobs. There are eight fewer plants and hundreds of thousands fewer workers in the industry than before the Great Recession.
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