Allison Keyes http://wesa.fm en Potential Charges Against Incumbent Throw D.C. Mayor's Race Up In Air http://wesa.fm/post/potential-charges-against-incumbent-throw-dc-mayors-race-air The possible indictment of incumbent D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has turned what many expected to be a routine election into a referendum on whether voters trust him. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 26098 at http://wesa.fm Maryland Transportation Bill Held Up Over War Reparations http://wesa.fm/post/maryland-transportation-bill-held-over-war-reparations Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Now to a story of how a long ago association with the crimes of Nazi Germany could stop a French company from doing business today in Maryland. A Maryland House committee heard testimony yesterday on a bill that would bar companies that played a role in the Holocaust from bidding on state contracts unless the companies pay reparations to victims.<p>State officials told the hearing that if that bill passes, it could jeopardize federal funding for a major light rail project. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 25649 at http://wesa.fm Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision http://wesa.fm/post/destroyed-rockefellers-mural-trespassed-political-vision When Mexican artist Diego Rivera was commissioned in 1932 to do a mural in the middle of Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, some might have wondered whether industrialist tycoon John D. Rockefeller Jr. knew what he was getting into.<p>In 1934, the legendary artist's work was chiseled off the wall.<p>Now, in Washington, D.C., the Mexican Cultural Institute has mounted a show that tells what happened to Rivera's mural.<p>"Man at the Crossroads: Diego Rivera's Mural at Rockefeller Center," is a whodunit tale that also illustrates the tensions between art and politics. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 25561 at http://wesa.fm Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision As Calendar Flips To March, People Grow Sick Of The Snow http://wesa.fm/post/calendar-flips-march-people-grow-sick-snow Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The latest in a series of nasty winter storms socked the nation today. It rolled north through the mid-Atlantic this morning, right up the East Coast bringing freezing rain, heavy snow and plummeting temperatures. More than 2,900 flights were cancelled today and more than 7,100 were delayed. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 25275 at http://wesa.fm Maryland Bill May Require Holocaust Reparations From Rail Company http://wesa.fm/post/maryland-bill-may-require-holocaust-reparations-rail-company Lawmakers in Maryland are considering a bill that would block one of the firms seeking to bid on a multibillion-dollar light rail project from winning its bid unless its majority stockholder agrees to pay reparations to Holocaust victims.<p>The legislation, co-sponsored by Maryland Delegate Kirill Reznik, would block a consortium including Paris-based rail company Keolis from winning a public-private partnership for the state's Purple Line project, a 35-year contract worth more than $6 billion.<p>Keolis is a subsidiary of the government-owned French railway SNCF, which has admitted that it tra Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 24757 at http://wesa.fm Maryland Bill May Require Holocaust Reparations From Rail Company Maryland Drug Officials Worry Over A Deadly Mixture http://wesa.fm/post/maryland-drug-officials-worry-over-deadly-mixture Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Tomorrow in Maryland, agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration will sit down with other law enforcement groups to talk through some big questions. Tainted heroin has recently killed at least 50 people across several states, and they want to find out where it's coming from. The heroin is laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 24019 at http://wesa.fm Storm And Stress Visit The East Coast http://wesa.fm/post/storm-and-stress-visit-east-coast Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>A fast-moving winter storm is barreling across the mid-Atlantic and up the East Coast today. Some places are expecting up to a foot of snow. The blizzard conditions from Virginia to Massachusetts will be followed by bitterly cold temperatures. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:14:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 23150 at http://wesa.fm Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame http://wesa.fm/post/sweet-16-and-barreling-toward-cowgirl-racing-fame Megan Yurko is small, but she's a big name in barrel racing. And the 16-year-old is on track to be crowned the world's top cowgirl barrel racer at the upcoming International Professional Rodeo Association's finals in Oklahoma City.<p>Just under 4-foot-10, Megan depends on her 1,200-pound filly Beea in a sport where the fastest rider around three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern wins.<p>"The thrill of it all is awesome," Megan says.<p>Megan's father, Karl Yurko, is a veterinarian, and like his daughter, he loves this sport. "First barrel's the money barrel," he says. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:10:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 22962 at http://wesa.fm Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame Historic House Is Yours Free, But There's A Catch http://wesa.fm/post/historic-house-yours-free-theres-catch This little house is looking for a home.<p>In the past five years, 600 single-family homes have been demolished in Arlington, Va., many to make way for larger houses, according to a preservation group. One architectural firm is so determined to save one 1920s Sears kit house from demolition, it's giving the house away for free. But there's a catch: the buyer would need to pay to move it to a new location.<p>The 960-square-foot house is a Wellington model, a style of home Sears sold by catalog in 1926 through its mail order Modern Homes program. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:25:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 22682 at http://wesa.fm Historic House Is Yours Free, But There's A Catch African-American Gun Club Hopes To Help Curb Youth Violence http://wesa.fm/post/african-american-gun-club-hopes-help-curb-youth-violence More than 200 people have been killed this year in Baltimore. Most of them were black, and most of them were shot to death, despite Maryland having one of the nation's toughest gun laws. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 21287 at http://wesa.fm African-American Gun Club Hopes To Help Curb Youth Violence Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs http://wesa.fm/post/trove-artifacts-highlights-realities-slavery Seventeen-year-old Tonisha Owens stared wide-eyed at the faded script on an 1854 letter. It was once carried by another 17-year-old — a slave named Frances. The letter was written by a plantation owner's wife to a slave dealer, saying that she needed to sell her chambermaid to pay for horses. But Frances didn't know how to read or write, and didn't know what she carried.<p>"She does not know she is to be sold. I couldn't tell her," the letter reads. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:19:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 20451 at http://wesa.fm Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs 50 Years After March On Washington, John Lewis Still Fights http://wesa.fm/post/50-years-after-march-washington-john-lewis-still-fighting <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYasqMFCJao</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 03:54:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 15557 at http://wesa.fm 50 Years After March On Washington, John Lewis Still Fights Preserving African-American Cemeteries http://wesa.fm/post/preserving-african-american-cemeteries Under a popular park in Washington, D.C., there is a 19th century burial ground that was once the largest African-American cemetery in the city. Advocates want to protect the park from further development and create space for a memorial. But how many other such burial grounds are in similar straits, and how have others solved the problem of co-existing with development and gentrification? Sat, 03 Aug 2013 21:26:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 14246 at http://wesa.fm Wal-Mart Threatens To Pull Out Of D.C. Over Wage Requirements http://wesa.fm/post/wal-mart-threatens-pull-out-dc-over-wage-requirements Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Wal-Mart is threatening to walk away from plans to build three of six new stores slated for the nation's capital. Those three stores are supposed to go up in some of the city's neediest neighborhoods. But the city council in Washington, D.C., has approved a bill requiring big box stores to pay employees a living wage of $12.50 an hour. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:39:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 13037 at http://wesa.fm Deconstructing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream http://wesa.fm/post/deconstructing-martin-luther-king-jrs-dream "We want all of our rights!" Martin Luther King, Jr. told a throng of people gathered in and around Detroit's Cobo Arena on June 23, 1963. He was speaking at what he called the largest and greatest demonstration for freedom ever held in the United States. "We want them here, and we want them now!" he said.<p>Fifty years ago this August, King gave the iconic "<a href="http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_august_28_1963_i_have_a_dream/" target="_blank">I Have A Dream</a>" speech at the March on Washington. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 11955 at http://wesa.fm Deconstructing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream Winfrey Gives Millions To New African-American Museum In D.C. http://wesa.fm/post/winfrey-gives-millions-new-african-american-museum-dc Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is giving a multimillion-dollar boost to the Smithsonian's new facility, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). She gave the museum, which is being built in Washington, D.C., $12 million Tuesday, in addition to a previous $1 million donation.<p>"I am so proud of African-American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole," says Winfrey, chairman and CEO of the Oprah Winfrey Network. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 22:56:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 11242 at http://wesa.fm Winfrey Gives Millions To New African-American Museum In D.C. What A Lawsuit Against The Redskins Could Mean For The Brand http://wesa.fm/post/what-lawsuit-against-redskins-could-mean-brand <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/07/171425340/after-more-than-20-years-push-to-change-redskins-name-continues">Once again</a>, the long-standing controversy over the name of the Washington Redskins is in the news. Fri, 31 May 2013 22:59:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 10590 at http://wesa.fm What A Lawsuit Against The Redskins Could Mean For The Brand For Berry Gordy, Broadway Is Memory Lane http://wesa.fm/post/berry-gordy-broadway-memory-lane There's hardly an adult anywhere in the world who wouldn't recognize at least some of the music of Motown.<p><strong></strong>The R&B label changed the course of music in the United States and made household names of Diana Ross, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15184517" target="_blank">Stevie Wonder</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/94109252/the-jackson-5" target="_blank">The Jackson 5</a>. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 2237 at http://wesa.fm For Berry Gordy, Broadway Is Memory Lane Woof Out The Red Carpet: Westminster Dogs Take New York http://wesa.fm/post/woof-out-red-carpet-westminster-dogs-take-new-york On Tuesday night, one dog will be named "best in show" at the 137th <a href="http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/" target="_blank">Westminster Kennel Club</a> Dog Show in New York.<p>Many of the canines that have flocked to Manhattan are staying at the Hotel Pennsylvania across the street from Madison Square Garden, where judging of the main events in the show is held.<p>The hotel has special amenities for its four-legged guests.<p>"Hey, buddy," doggie concierge Jerry Grymek says to a border collie in a crate. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:32:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 776 at http://wesa.fm Woof Out The Red Carpet: Westminster Dogs Take New York