WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

D.C.'s Human Services Director On Homelessness

The winter months this year presented major challenges to the District's ability to shelter and care for the city's homeless population. The disappearance of a homeless child from the city's shelter at the old D.C. General hospital pushed issue into an even harsher spotlight. David Berns, the director of the city's Department of Human Services, joins Kojo to chat about the District's strategy on homelessness and its immediate plans to help families access housing.

A Look At DC's General Shelter

As of Oct 1, 2013, DC's General Shelter had 864 residents.

Thirty percent of those residents were under age 5; another 21 percent were between the ages of 5 and 12.

Population by Age of DC's General Homeless Shelter

Population by Age:

Population by Gender

Population of DC General Homeless Shelter by Gender

WAMU 88.5

Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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