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.
A cleanup initiative on Delaware's Rehoboth Beach picked up more than 7,000 cigarettes in just one block. Now it's kick-started a campaign to ban smoking altogether in the southern Delaware resort. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo talks with Rebecca Sheir about how resorts up and down the coast are all considering smoking bans in one way or another.
After an end-of-the-year shake-up in management, many higher-ups at Metro are trying to clean up the transit agency's act. Transportation reporter David Schultz speaks with Rebecca Sheir about efforts to improve Metro's service and image.
[Music: "Blue Train" by John Coltrane from Blue Train]
Washington, D.C., attracts some of the most educated, literate individuals in the country. But for every Ph.D., there are many more District residents who just struggle to read. In fact, more than one-third of D.C. residents lack basic literacy skills -- 20 percent higher than the national average. Emily Friedman finds out what's being done to help clean up the record.
[Music: "Reading Rainbow" by 8bit bEtty from Too Bleep to Blog]
When economic times are tough, there are plenty of ways to tighten your belt. You can clean out your home and try selling your stuff at a pawn shop, yard sale or Craigslist -- or you can start shopping at a place that offers discounted secondhand goods. Lauren Hodges visited a local re-saler that's pretty much been cleaning up in this struggling economy.
[Music: "The Bargain Store" by Dolly Parton from The Love Album]
Poplar Island was once a thriving place stretching across 1000 acres. It had a town, a school, a post office -- until it started to sink, thanks to sea-level rise, erosion and land-mismanagement. But as WAMU environmental reporter Sabri Ben-Achour tells us, with a pile of luck scooped from the bottom of the bay, Poplar Island is coming back, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to use it as a wildlife refuge.
[Music: "I Am an Island (Karaoke Version)" by Stingray Music from...
If you've ever visited a place with kids, then you know it can be a real trip. Which sites will your youngsters really latch on to? Which places will grab their imaginations and make them want to come back for more? Author Corkey Hay DeSimone says D.C. is full of those places; the key is making sure children are prepared when they arrive. Rebecca Sheir talks with DeSimone about her new creation for young people ages 8-18, "All About Me in D.C.: A Kid's Pocket Guide."
If you're a sucker for monuments, memorials and historic sites, Washington has hundreds -- including, of course, the usual suspects: popular favorites like the White House, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. But if you look closely, right near each of these biggies, there's at least one historic spot most people miss. Emily Friedman takes us on a tour to check out several of these small fish in a big sightseeing pond.
[Music: "Missing You" by The Karaoke Crew from Drew's Famous...
Because we're constantly going up and down those escalators, and dashing from train to train, it can sometimes be a little difficult for us "insiders" to get a true perspective on the state of Metro. WAMU transportation reporter David Schultz talks with some visitors who ride Metro when they're in town, from sightseeing tourists to members of Congress.
[Music: "A to B" by The Futureheads from The Futureheads / "I'm Movin' On" by Ray Charles from More Music From Ray]
Nearly 17 million people visit D.C. each year. And when they arrive, they interact with tens of thousands of employees in the hospitality industry.
WAMU's education reporter, Kavitha Cardoza, introduces us to the Hospitality High School of Washington, D.C., which is trying to connect the classroom to the real world by training students to make visitors feel welcome.
[Music: "Be Our Guest (Karaoke Instrumental Track)" by ProSound Karaoke Band from Karaoke - In the Style of Beauty...
The D.C. region has the second-largest Salvadoran population in the United States. For the past 30 years, primarily men have been coming over, and sending money to family members back home. That money has helped pay for the education of a number of young women. But these women often have difficulty finding a job in their home country, so many head north, with plans of sticking around long enough to save up and go home. But Kate Sheehy introduces us to women who have come here and stayed, in...
Each year, the Eastern Shore of Maryland and coast of Delaware draw millions of visitors who come to kick back on the beach. But another set of visitors flocks to the beaches, too: foreign workers. The federal government has created a pilot program to help foreign students who come to the U.S. for jobs. WAMU coastal reporter Bryan Russo talks with Rebecca Sheir about the pros and cons of the new program.
[Music: "Sea of Love" by Tom Waits from Brawlers / "The World at Large" by Modest...
Hundreds of thousands of birds visit these parts -- or near these parts -- to rest, while they migrate halfway across the world. But in part two of WAMU environmental reporter Sabri Ben-Achour's series on sea-level rise in our region, he tells us that rising waters mean fewer places for these wild visitors to stop off.
[Music: "Unnatural Habitat" by The Greenhornes from Broken Flowers OST]
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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