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.
Dupont Circle was the site of FRESHFARM Markets' very first producers-only farmers market. Rebecca Sheir visits the flagship market with FRESHFARM's Bernadine Prince, to hear about the "firsts" shoppers will see as spring kicks in, from longer hours... to more space... to on-site services by Compost Cab... to -- provided FRESHFARM can raise $20,000 by month's end -- Double Dollars for low-income shoppers.
[Music: "Fresh Feeling" by The Eeels from Souljacker]
The first forests in our region are long gone. Even that giant tree in your backyard is probably just a few decades old. Environmental reporter Sabri Ben-Achour visits a stretch of woods in Western Fairfax County, to learn what happened to those very first forests... and see what’s growing now.
[Music: "Feels Like the First Time" by Foreigner from Foreigner]
One of the first official signs of spring in D.C. is those cherry blossoms in bloom. And the predictor of the highly-anticipated annual blossom peak is about to call it a day. National Park Service Chief Horticulturalist Rob DeFeo is on the brink of retirement, and as he tells Julia Edwards, he takes very little credit for his role as caretaker of D.C.'s monumental trees.
[Music: "Blossom" by TV Theme Players from TV Themes - Best Of Comedy Theme Songs]
We all know about the Beltway: that six-laned leviathan that encircles our city. But what if there were a second Beltway: i.e. another concentric circle connecting Maryland and Virginia? It may sound far-fetched, but as transportation reporter David Schultz tells us, some transportation advocates say it's the only way to accommodate our region's growth.
[Music: "A to B" by The Futureheads from The Futureheads / "Walk Around in Circles" by Soul Coughing from Ruby Vroom]
Ocean City, Md., has become the coveted host city for the only East Coast leg of the 2011 DEW Tour. It's the first ocean-side site for the event, so a surfing competition will join the BMX, motorcross and skateboarding extravaganza. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo talks with Rebecca Sheir about why it's such a big big deal for the resort town.
[Music: "Sea of Love" by Tom Waits from Brawlers / "The Way You Do The Things You Do" by The Temptations from All Time Greatest Hits]
Emily Friedman brings us the story of a local artists' collective aiming to change they way we collect art. Without the traditional wine-and-cheese soirees -- and triple-digit price tag -- the artists of Project Dispatch send their art right to your front door.
[Music: "Artists Only" by Talking Heads from Once in a Lifetime - Disc 1]
We share your questions and comments from the past few weeks. This time around: properly pronouncing a "most-missed monument" and a good-luck tale of accidental love.
[Music: "A Message to You Rudy (Karaoke-Version) As Made Famous By: The Specials" by Charly Karaoke Group from Karaoke World: Here We Go / "You're The First The Last My Everything (karaoke)" by New World Orchestra from The Best Karaoke Album in the World]
It's cherry blossom time, so local eateries are once again offering Cherry Picks: cherry- and cherry-blossom-inspired goodies on their food and drink menus. Rebecca Sheir heads to Ted's Bulletin, in Capitol Hill, to learn the secret behind the restaurant's super-popular, homemade cherry pop tarts.
Coming out to play is what spring is all about, and in the local plant world, one of the first things to emerge come spring is the smelly "skunk cabbage." It simulates death to pollinate itself and can even melt the snow around it! Environmental reporter Sabri Ben-Achour takes a walk to find out this primitive plant's secret.
[Music: "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave (As Made Famous by Martha and the Vandellas) (Karaoke Version)" by Party Tyme Karaoke from Karaoke/Party Tyme Karaoke: Oldies...
Sometimes you shouldn't come out and play...like if you're supposed to be in school. Twenty percent of D.C. school children are truant, so community leaders are coming together to try and reduce that percentage. But as education reporter Kavitha Cardoza tells host Rebecca Sheir, this conversation is the same one they've been having for years. So what's to be done?
[Music: "No Such Thing" by David West from Pickin' On John Mayer]
Washington's professional soccer team, D.C. United, is considered the most successful team in Major League Soccer history. The team just kicked off its season, and thousands of fervent fans turned out to show their support. Soccer aficionado Jerad Walker was there, and brings us this story on the especially die-hard local fans of D.C. United.
[Music: "Kick in the Head" by Dean Martin from Dino: The Essential Dean Martin]
Roller derby is quickly gaining popularity in the country, and the new team in Salisbury, Md., is taking the region by storm. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo introduces us to some of the Salisbury Roller Girls' heavy hitters, including Buster Skull, the 19-year-old founder and coach, who is battling cancer on the sidelines.
[Music: "Sea of Love" by Tom Waits from Brawlers / "Roll Out" by Ludacris from Word of Mouf]
Does the kind of charcoal you use really make a difference when it comes to grilling up a tasty steak or other food on the grill? Yes — but deciding which one to use depends on what you're after. Both briquettes and lump charcoal — aka "natural" hardwood charcoal — have their advantages and disadvantages.
The Federal Trade Commission is in the early stages of opening an antitrust probe into how Google runs its online display advertising business, according to a report by Bloomberg News, citing sources who want to remain anonymous because the FTC has not announced the probe.
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