PODCAST: Va. students fall behind on reading as classes return

More fourth and fifth grade students in Arlington County, Virginia needed literacy help at the end of the last school year than at the beginning, according to data from the Virginia school system. We talk to WTOP’s Scott Gelman. He helps us make sense of these concerning numbers and the…

Understanding lightning after deadly DC strike

Only one person survived a lightning strike that hit four people in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. The bolt hit a tree in Lafayette Park near the White House and then electrocuted four people standing underneath. How did this happen? And what can we do to prevent this? We talk to…

PODCAST: Teens urge Va. to drop ‘sexually explicit’ label from LGBTQ+ lessons

Hundreds of students across Virginia are taking a stance, and urging the state’s Department of Education to change guidelines that define any references to LGBTQ+ people in the classroom as ‘sexually explicit content.’ Their request questions the basis of Governor Glenn Younkin’s bill that would require parents be alerted when…

PODCAST: DC considers ‘right on red’ ban for cyclist safety

A change could be coming to D.C. streets including the possibility drivers can no longer turn right on red. This would happen if legislation proposed by Councilmember Mary Cheh is approved as-is. The Safer Streets Amendment Act of 2022 comes after three cyclists died in the city last month. We…

PODCAST: Faux federal agent flips & shares Navy Yard apartment scheme

One of two men who is accused of impersonating a federal officer and allegedly not only offered US Secret Service agents free rent but iPhones, surveillance systems, a TV, and guns is changing his plea to guilty and sharing the details of their scheme with federal investigators. WTOP’s John Domen…

Elrich v. Blair: Why the race for Montgomery Co executive is still so close

Election workers are accepting the last batch of mail-in ballots for a tight Democratic primary race for Montgomery County executive today. WTOP’s Kate Ryan tells us why this run-off between incumbent Marc Elrich and businessman David Blair – despite its length – is just part of a step-by-step ballot counting…