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.
The gleaming, new H.D. Woodson High School in NE D.C. replaces the 1972 building many knew as the "Tower of Power." The more than $100-million project was part of a $1.8-billion overhaul of some the city’s school buildings. Rebecca Sheir attends the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and learns more about the state-of-the-art facility from Robert Hannan and Renard Alexander: Program Managers with the city's Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization.
The D.C. charter school system recently closed several schools, and more than 700 students and their parents have been scrambling to find new placements. Charter school advocates defend the decision to close ineffective schools… they say it's the charters' "tough-love" approach that makes their test scores outshine those of traditional public schools. But parents say in the short term, these decisions often leave them and their children hanging. Education reporter Kavitha Cardoza has the...
Imagine a boggy, humid region teeming with crocodiles, freshwater sharks and dinosaurs; that's what this area looked like millions of years ago! And you can still find evidence of that era - particularly in a fossil-rich region of Maryland known as "dinosaur alley." Sabri Ben-Achour learns more from Dr. Peter Kranz, a paleontologist who runs a camp for young dinosaur hunters.
[Music: "Walk the Dinosaur" by The Goombas Feat. George Clinton from Super Mario Bros.]
Does the carrot work better than the stick when it comes to maintaining order in public schools? Some D.C. elementary schools are betting it will. They're implementing a model that rewards students for good behavior and supports them if they struggle. Alice Ollstein takes us inside a school that's upending its discipline model, one student at a time.
[Music: "Cheetah" by Orchester Clyde Canderbury from Tanz-Express, Vol. 2]
Next month's Arts on Foot festival marks the debut of NumbersAlive!: a new, local brand of toys, books and films teaching young people how numbers relate to history, art and culture. It's the brainchild of self-professed "math geek" Rebecca Klemm. Rebecca Sheir visits Klemm's studio to learn why Zero is wild about the Hirshhorn Museum... One can't get enough of the Washington Monument... and Seven adores All's Well That Ends Well.
[Music: "NumbersAlive!: It's Cool to be Numerical in...
We share some recent listener comments and letters - from reactions to a proposed museum of immigration, to concerns about eating shark meat in Washington, D.C.
Do you have a question or comment about the show? We'd love to hear from you!
[Music: "A Message to You Rudy (Karaoke-Version) As Made Famous By: The Specials" by Charly Karaoke Group from Karaoke World: Here We Go / "Wonderful World (In the Style of Sam Cooke) [Karaoke Version Instrumental Only]" by ProSource Studio...
We track people, businesses, ideas -- even some flora and fauna -- as they flow in and out of our region. We'll talk with a local Congressman who wants to create a national museum of American immigration. We'll find out why so many NYC-based restaurants are setting up shop in the District, and hear how residents are coping with the gaggles of Canada geese that refuse to migrate from our region.
[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks]
What happens when Africa and the Caribbean collide in the capital of the United States? The answer is RAS, a District restaurant that fuses Ethiopian and Jamaican cuisine. Rebecca Sheir meets the staff of RAS, and learns about the long and rich relationship between two seemingly very different countries.
[Music: "Manew Tew Tew Yemilegn" by Brhanu Tezera]
The Prince Georges County school system has recruited hundreds of teachers from around the world since 2002. But some of these teachers will be boarding flights out of Washington as soon as today. They're caught in the middle of a dispute between the school system and the U.S. Department of Labor. Kavitha Cardoza meets several of these teachers as they protest in front of the White House.
[Music: "Home (In the Style of Michael Buble)" by Stingray Music Karaoke from Karaoke - Michael...
U.S. Congressman Jim Moran represents a highly diverse district in northern Virginia. And now he's pushing for a national museum that would celebrate the American immigration experience. He's co-sponsor of legislation that would create a Museum of the American People on the National Mall. Rebecca Sheir meets up with Moran to hear more about the proposed museum, which he says would be built without federal taxpayer funds.
[Music: "America" by Joe Chindamo Trio from Plays the Paul...
The Washington area isn't just a popular destination for human immigrants. All sorts of animals -- such as Canada geese -- find their way here, too. And when these animals refuse to migrate back home, they can wreak havoc on an ecosystem. Environment reporter Sabri Ben-Achour finds out why Canada geese like to settle in our region, and what people are doing about it.
[Music: "Lullaby of Birdland" by Esquivel from Cabaret Manana]
Across the country, federal officials patrol airports and harbors for plants smuggled across our borders. Many of those plants end up right here in the District, at the U.S. Botanic Garden’s 85,000-square foot facility. Jessica Gould gives us a glimpse of these rare and endangered species, and the conservationists who care for them.
[Music: "Roots" by PapaShanty Saund System from Ashanty Granpa]
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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