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.
Teachers in the District go through a lengthy evaluation process each year, and the best of the best are offered bonuses of up to $25,000. One of those teachers talks about her teacher style, and how it earned her respect with her students, parents and fellow educators.
With his 97th birthday just around the corner, Jim Dandy -- a.k.a. Samuel Myers -- has been saving Silver Spring's attire from stains and spills for decades. The owner of Jim Dandy Cleaners and Formal Wear has been in the dry-cleaning business since he was a boy. Rebecca Sheir visits the shop to learn about Myers' legacy of keeping clothing clean... and keeping his customers feeling just dandy.
[Music: "Young at Heart" by Jimmy Durante from September Song]
It's been more than twenty years since the death of pop artist Andy Warhol, but his legacy is still up for debate. He's the topic of several exhibitions in D.C. this fall, including the National Gallery of Art's first one-man Warhol show, "Headlines." NPR's Susan Stamberg takes us inside the exhibit, which features a series of paintings he made of Page One tabloid headlines.
[Music: "I'll Be Your Mirror" by The Velvet Underground/"Heroin" by Nico]
Moulah. Smackers. Cabbage. Dough. This week we're all about the thing that "makes the world go round": Money. We'll meet an entrepreneur who has her foot in the entrepreneurial door... at the tender age of 11. We'll interview a woman who's clawing her way back from the brink of personal and financial ruin. We'll hear how money -- and the lack thereof -- is affecting clean-up in the Chesapeake Bay, and the new arts season in D.C. Plus, we'll catch up with clipboard-carrying canvassers...
Starting your own business can be challenging enough, let alone when you've just entered 6th grade. 11-year-old Gabrielle Jordan Williams is CEO and founder of Jewelz of Jordan, and she's written a new book she hopes will inspire other kids to follow in her footsteps.
What does budgeting look like when you only have a few dollars in your pocket? Ask Carol Unger -- a 45-year-old homeless woman living in a shelter in Northwest D.C. -- about how she gets through the day and makes do in the leanest of times.
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?
New York City is home to more paintings by Johannes Vermeer — eight — than any other city. And until mid-January, it's playing host to one more: the world-renowned Girl with a Pearl Earring. Critic Lloyd Schwartz says, since the painting's 1994 restoration, "It's even more breathtaking than I remembered."
Thousands of restaurant workers protested Thursday in cities around the country, calling for an increase in wages to $15 an hour. Many fast-food workers make so little that they rely on public assistance to get by, even as profits at many franchises have nearly doubled in recent years. But not everyone agrees that raising the minimum wage will fix the problem.
The scene you'll find at Christmas Cats TV is a unique one. A woman sits in a den that includes a Christmas tree, a hearth and some presents — and lots of cute cats, some of which are wearing holiday sweaters.
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