Canceled Va high school football program may not be the last

As students prepare to head back to school, many student-athletes are set to start a new season. It’s the first for most without covid restrictions. But the last two years have changed the game, especially when it comes to football. After a former pro player had to walk away from…

Why your favorite restaurant is slowly going under

Restaurants are struggling to survive as two and a half years after the pandemic, covid is still keeping some customers who are working from home from spending a few bucks on coffee or lunch. You also may have noticed you’re waiting longer to get your food, or even get a…

Podcast: The losses of the Vietnam War in 58,000 photos

An incredible project to honor those who gave their lives in the War in Vietnam reached a milestone – collecting photos of the more than 58 thousand servicemembers who lost their lives. Tim Tetz from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund shares the story of a servicemember from Alexandria, Virginia, and…

‘I hope it’s over’: Residents recover after floods kept coming

Two massive storm systems washed through the D.C. region causing significant flooding. Flash flooding overtook cars, stranded drivers and poured into low-lying buildings. WTOP’s John Domen went to Riverdale, Maryland and talked to a business owner about the flood. And the mantra “Turn Around Don’t Drown” is good as gold,…

PODCAST: The Smithsonian’s unlikely birth — 176 years later

It’s the Smithsonian Institute’s birthday. The museum juggernaut is now 176 years old, but it very nearly never existed at all. WTOP’s Rick Massimo brings us this little known story of twists and turns of fate that ultimately brought us the Smithsonian as we know it today. And a local…

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…