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.
For decades, Capitol Hill residents have watched the stately Old Naval Hospital at 9th and Pennsylvania Avenue SE crumble and deteriorate. Now the building is getting a new lease on life as the Hill Center. The brand new community hub will feature everything from cooking and yoga classes to film screenings and rental space for special events. Rebecca Sheir tours the Hill Center to learn the building's history, and hear how a hospital commissioned by President Abraham Lincoln has transformed in to a gathering place for residents of Capitol Hill.
[Music: "Our Love is Here to Stay" by Dexter Gordon from Our Man in Paris]
For some seniors struggling with memory loss, completing a single sentence can be an arduous, even impossible task. But at Iona Senior Services, individuals facing cognitive decline are weaving together entire tales through a new program called Time Slips. As Jessica Gould tells us, the goal is to bring people together and help individuals who are at a loss for words achieve the triumph of a complete thought.
[Music: "Time After Time" by John Coltrane from Stardust]
With one of the highest costs of living in the country, D.C. can be a hard place for an artist to get by - especially when it comes to finding affordable studio space. In this rebroadcast from our "Getting By and Getting Ahead" show, Rebecca Sheir talks with local artists at 52 O Street, a building that's been bringing artists together since the late 1970s, about how to survive as an artist without sacrificing your passion.
[Music: "Follow Your Bliss" by The B52s from Nude on the...
We're pressing our noses against the glass, with a show for the outsider in all of us. We'll hear how Washington appears to the thousands of school kids who flock here as tourists each year, and talk with two gay comedians trying to break down barriers in the world of stand-up. Plus, we'll hit the road to hear how residents of other cities view the people and culture of the nation's capital.
[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks / "Baby It's Cold...
When it comes to city government, the District is dominated by Democrats. So if you're an aspiring politician of a non-Democratic stripe, you're pretty much an outsider by default. Rebecca Sheir talks with WAMU's District reporter, Patrick Madden, about the ways D.C.'s Democratic dominance has affected -- and continues to affect -- political debate in the nation's capitol.
[Music: "Fight For Your Right to Party" by Richard Cheese from Lounge Against the Machine]
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]
Telemundo announced that its telenovelaEl Señor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies) will be back for an unheard of second season. This is a radical departure from traditional telenovelas, which have a clear beginning and a definitive ending.
In a new poll, parents complain that their children are not getting nearly enough time for a basic school ritual: eating lunch. And that's worrying parents and administrators, given that about one-third of American kids are overweight or obese.
The Washington Post reports that the agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world. One official told the newspaper the NSA is getting vast volumes of location data by tapping into the cables that connect mobile networks globally.
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