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.
Back in the day, coyotes were so low in the pecking order of predators, you'd be hard pressed to find one in this region. But with larger predators out of the picture, coyotes are moving in to the D.C. area. Sabri Ben-Achour takes a nature walk with a local wildlife biologist, to find out more...
The D.C.-based nonprofit GlobalGiving seeks to link grassroots causes with everyday donors. A new cause on the GlobalGiving Web site is the Pulling for the Underdog Fund, and Rebecca Sheir speaks with GlobalGiving's Donna Callejon about how this new fund -- and the entire GlobalGiving endeavor -- hopes to give local underdogs the resources they need to serve their communities.
In the past, The University of the District of Columbia has had trouble distinguishing itself from other colleges. It's faced serious funding woes, and at one point less than 10% of its students graduated within six years. But things are looking up for UDC. It recently created a community college, and enrollment has increased dramatically. Kavitha Cardoza talks with UDC president Allen Sessoms about the school's turnaround.
[Music: "School Days" by Al Green from Explores Your Mind]
Greyhounds have a long and storied history: the Egyptians worshiped them and people equated them with high social status in old England. Today, they are still bred as racing and hunting dogs, but once retired, their futures are as gray as their sleek coats. Lauren Hodges introduces us to Greyhound Welfare, a foster-home organization that works to place dogs in loving homes in the D.C. region.
[Music: "Black Dog" by The West 52nd Street Buddha Lounge Ensemble from Buddha Lounge:...
Rorschach Theatre has spent more than a decade bringing innovative, fantastical theater to Washington, D.C. But the company has faced its share of challenges and obstacles along the way, including a period of time "in exile." Rebecca Sheir attends a rehearsal of Rorschach's upcoming production, Voices Underwater, to learn what makes this ambitious underdog group tick.
If you tuned in to our "Dreams" show in January, you might remember David Edwards: an urban planner in Fairfax County, Va., in the 1960s and 70s. Edwards died last week, after a long battle with cancer. We remember him, by playing an excerpt of his interview with WAMU transportation reporter David Schultz.
[Music: "I'll Be Seeing You" by The Harry James Orchestra from Wine, Roses & Romantic Moods, Vol. 5 / "Underdog (in the Style of Kasabian)" by Ace Karaoke Productions from Ace...
On Feb. 20, 1839, Congress passed legislation barring the practice of dueling in the District of Columbia. Rebecca Sheir and historian Paul Dickson talk about the popularity of dueling in D.C.'s history, and tell tales of prominent figures who visited the Bladensburg Dueling Grounds to even up various scores -- often on the flimsiest of grounds -- by walking nine paces and firing at close range.
"Anacostia - The Web Series" is a soap opera home-grown in Southeast D.C. Like most soaps, it's about how we love, hate and, of course, get even with one another. But unlike most soap operas, it's about a place that's trying to rebuild its reputation. Emily Friedman gives us the lowdown on this internet sensation.
[Music: "Welcome to D.C." by Mambo Sauce from Go-Go Mix]
Sometimes, settling a score calls for a little legal intervention: in other words, the courts.
"She Said/She Said" -- a new play at The Catholic University of America -- focuses on a rather distinctive custody dispute. WAMU education reporter Kavitha Cardoza recently attended a rehearsal of the play, and she says while the piece weaves together theology, law and politics, at heart, it's a story about love, a break-up and a battle for a baby.
Cheryl A. Lofton's family has been nipping and tucking Washington's attire since the 1930s, when her grandfather opened the first African-American-owned tailoring business in downtown D.C. Cheryl moved the family business to a new spot in Shaw, and just opened a shoe-shine shop next door. Rebecca Sheir visits the operation to hear about the family's professional heritage, and how, in a few short years, Cheryl's business has changed the face of the neighborhood.
Writings from childhood — cards, stories and other notes — can hide for decades, like time capsules tucked away in boxes, old bedrooms, attics and journals. Writer Jim Sollisch talks about how old thank you notes from his youth foreshadowed his adult life.
In Massachusetts, what's been a relatively lackluster campaign to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry is heating up. Veteran Democratic Rep. Ed Markey is running against Republican Gabriel Gomez, a businessman and former Navy SEAL. Gomzez is a political newcomer.
Amazon is piloting 14 possible shows for its streaming video service. The audience will vote on which shows it likes best. TV critic Eric Deggans says the process and the shows would like to be breaking ground for a new media — but they aren't.
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