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Metropocalypse

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Explosions and smoke-filled tunnels. Frustrated riders and epic commutes. This is the new normal on Washington’s Metro. Metropocalypse, a weekly podcast from WAMU 88.5, explores the unprecedented plan to rebuild tracks and re-engineer culture on the nation’s second largest transit system. Send questions & ideas to metro@wamu.org.

Explosions and smoke-filled tunnels. Frustrated riders and epic commutes. This is the new normal on Washington’s Metro. Metropocalypse, a weekly podcast from WAMU 88.5, explores the unprecedented plan to rebuild tracks and re-engineer culture on the nation’s second largest transit system. Send questions & ideas to metro@wamu.org.
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Washington, D.C.

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WAMU

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Explosions and smoke-filled tunnels. Frustrated riders and epic commutes. This is the new normal on Washington’s Metro. Metropocalypse, a weekly podcast from WAMU 88.5, explores the unprecedented plan to rebuild tracks and re-engineer culture on the nation’s second largest transit system. Send questions & ideas to metro@wamu.org.

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@WAMU

Language:

English


Episodes

‘Bernadette’ Is A Stirring Tribute To A Woman Rediscovering Her True Calling

8/20/2019
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette follows a brilliant architect who, in the midst of a decades-long career slump, disappears to recapture her life's passion in the unlikeliest place imaginable.

Duration:00:06:45

‘Mindhunter’ Actor Jonathan Groff On His Most Life-Altering Roles

8/20/2019
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Groff told Fresh Air in 2017 that his work on HBO's Looking changed his life: "It's ... the most personal thing I've worked on." He stars in the Netflix series Mindhunter, now in its second season.

Duration:00:36:23

Cave Diver Risks All To Explore Places ‘Where Nobody Has Ever Been’

8/20/2019
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"The big picture of survival is sometimes so hard to see, but we always know what we can do to make the next best step toward survival," says cave diver, photographer and memoirist Jill Heinerth.

Duration:00:36:17

If These 2 Titles Remind You Of Masterful Suspense Novels, They Should

8/20/2019
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Laura Lippman's Lady in the Lake recollects Raymond Chandler's fourth Philip Marlowe novel and Ruth Ware's The Turn of the Key recalls Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. Happily, they both live up.

Duration:00:07:16

French Couple Faces Jail time After Taking Sand From Sardinia

8/20/2019
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The Italian island is known for its beaches. The couple is accused of stealing nearly 90 pounds of sand. Sand theft is a growing concern on the island, according to the BBC.

Duration:00:00:27

Helicopter Visit Is Not Welcomed In Florida Community

8/20/2019
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Kfir Baranes wanted to surprise a friend with a visit on her birthday. He dropped by her backyard in Coral Springs in a helicopter. Police were called. Baranes faces a fine for a code violation.

Duration:00:00:25

NYPD Officer, Who Used Banned Chokehold On Eric Garner, Is Fired

8/20/2019
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NPR's Noel King talks to Cindy Rodriguez of member station WNYC and legal scholar Paul Butler about whether the family of Eric Garner has received justice for his death in 2014.

Duration:00:06:40

Pakistan Tries To Stop Militants From Benefiting From Animal Hides

8/20/2019
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One way for Pakistani charities to raise funds is by collecting animal hides after Eid holiday meals, and selling them to tanneries. But militants also raise money by gathering animal skins.

Duration:00:04:06

Employees Demand Google Publicly Commit To Not Work With ICE

8/20/2019
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The petition by more than a thousand Google employees is forcing the tech giant's hand at a time when it is risky for Silicon Valley to criticize the Trump administration.

Duration:00:02:32

Critics Complain Mexico’s Austerity Plan Has Gone Too Far

8/20/2019
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Mexico's president has cut thousands of government jobs to fight corruption. Critics say he is putting the country in danger — especially when it comes to attracting foreign investment.

Duration:00:04:32

Alaska Wildfires Damage The State’s Major Highways, Force Evacuations

8/20/2019
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Wildfires near Anchorage have burned buildings, forced evacuations and blocked highway traffic. Unusually dry weather has fueled the fires in what's typically one of the region's wettest seasons.

Duration:00:02:24

The Downside Of Planned Parenthood Leaving The Federal Title X Program

8/20/2019
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NPR's Noel King speaks with Dr. Sarah Traxler, chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood's North Central States, about the impact of losing Title X funding.

Duration:00:04:34

California Tightens Standard For Police In Lethal Force Instances

8/20/2019
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California will have one of the strictest laws in the country detailing use-of-force standards for police. But law enforcement says proper training remains the key. The law takes effect Jan. 1.

Duration:00:02:59

Democratic Presidential Candidates Attend Native American Forum

8/20/2019
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NPR's David Greene talks to Mark Trahant, editor of the news site Indian Country Today, about why Democratic presidential candidates are paying so much attention to Native American voters this year.

Duration:00:03:49

California’s New Law Says Police Can Use Lethal Force Only When ‘Necessary’

8/20/2019
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a new bill to update standards for police use of deadly force. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with California assembly member Shirley Weber, the bill's author.

Duration:00:04:03

Hong Kong Protests: China Accused Of Using Fake Social Media Accounts

8/20/2019
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Facebook and Twitter have suspended accounts associated with the Chinese government, accusing officials of using those accounts to spread disinformation to disrupt the Hong Kong protests.

Duration:00:03:49

Showtime Helps Motown Records Mark Its 60th Anniversary

8/20/2019
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The Showtime documentary — "Hitsville: The Making of Motown" — tells the story of the most successful soul/R&B record label in music history from the viewpoint of Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson.

Duration:00:02:16

Attorney General Barr Names A New Bureau Of Prisons Chief

8/20/2019
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NPR's David Greene talks to Catherine Linaweaver, a former warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, about when she worked with Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, who was named head of the Bureau of Prisons.

Duration:00:05:15

New Leader Emerges From Anti-Government Protests In Moscow

8/20/2019
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A lawyer, who's a young mother, is the face of this summer's protests in Moscow calling for free elections. Opposition candidates are banned from running in next month's city council elections.

Duration:00:03:23

Morning News Brief

8/20/2019
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NYPD fires officer who used banned choke hold in Garner case. China is accused of using fake social media accounts to try to disrupt Hong Kong protests. And, poll results on red-flag gun laws.

Duration:00:11:09