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.
Matt McNeil's new young adult novel, "The Strange Tale of Ben Beesley," is about a fly named Ben who sets out to save his two friends, Waverly and Oliver, from a spider's poisonous venom. But the book is actually part allegory/part memoir, since McNeil's real-life children suffer from MPS III: a rare, degenerative and ultimately terminal genetic condition.
Alicia Graf Mack thought her dancing days were over when an autoimmune disorder forced her to hang up her toe shoes. But now she's back, dancing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and determined to make the most of her time on the stage.
With the rash of recent restaurant closings in the region, we explore the changing face of D.C.'s restaurant scene, and learn what it takes for restaurants to survive and thrive as the District comes in to its own as a national culinary capital.
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