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What Made Me: NPR News Editor Madhulika Sikka

By Paul O'Donnell March 10, 2014
The author of “A Breast Cancer Alphabet” on finding her career and talking straight about the disease. more

Sweet Vindication: How Montgomery County Tackled Trans Fats First

By Sarah Scully March 6, 2014
As the FDA moves to eradicate harmful fats from America’s diets, Montgomery County could be a model for how food purveyors will respond. more

Paul Levy, the Web Bully’s Worst Enemy

By Luke Mullins February 3, 2014
When companies try to push their online critics around, Levy pushes back. more

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison: In a Ring of His Own

By Harry Jaffe January 29, 2014
Hernandez-Harrison boxes for his family and his city. Now he’s learning to fight for himself. more

What Made Made: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

By Harry Jaffe January 9, 2014
DC’s representative on talking versus giving a speech, finding happiness in small things, and Newt’s big surprise. more

Professor Probes Psychedelic Drugs for a Cure to Nicotine Addiction

By Jennifer Mendelsohn January 7, 2014
Despite science’s checkered history of experimenting with mind-bending drugs, Johnson insists his field of interest is “pretty nerdy stuff.” more

Looking Ahead to 2016, Hillary Clinton’s State Problem

By James Rosen December 23, 2013
After four years as Obama’s chief diplomat, does the leading Democratic candidate have a record she can run on? more

Talk Nerdy to Me: My Year in Mensa

By Sophie Gilbert December 5, 2013
I’ve always struggled with feeling like an outsider. By joining Mensa, could I find a place where I fit in? more

What Made Me: Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj

By Anna Spiegel December 4, 2013
Twenty-five years after opening the Bombay Club, DC’s king of Indian food tells how his first venture led to an empire. more

Shutdown Postmortem: Who, Me? Nonessential?

By Hannah Seligson November 25, 2013
From the Hill to the Beltway, the shutdown created an uncomfortable new divide for federal staffers. more

Unshared History: Previously Unseen Photos from JFK’s Funeral

By Matt Mendelsohn November 7, 2013
An amateur photographer’s long-hidden images of one of the country’s blackest days come to light. more

How Andy Florance Turned a Simple Concept Into a $350-Million Tech Company

By Mary Clare Glover October 3, 2013
Commercial real estate is big business—and Florance has figured out how to capitalize on it. more

What Made Me: DC’s Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson

By Michael Gaynor October 3, 2013
She talks about her mother’s climb out of poverty, a teacher’s faith in her, and withstanding failure. more

Letting Go of the “Washington Post”

By Alicia C. Shepard October 1, 2013
The inside story of how “Post” owner Donald Graham came to accept that it was time to cut ties to his family’s 80-year newspaper legacy. more

Behind the Scenes: Inside the National Weather Service’s Forecasting Hub

By Carol Ross Joynt September 11, 2013
Ever wondered where your storm and other weather alerts come from? more

What Made Me: Johnnetta Cole of the National Museum of African Art

By Sophie Gilbert September 3, 2013
The museum director on a favorite teacher, her great-grandfather, and appreciating art. more

Family of Spies

August 7, 2013
The Spy Museum’s Peter Earnest and Sara Taber, daughter of a covert agent, on the toll secrets can take, life in a CIA family, disagreeing with your government, and more. more

What Made Me: J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr.

By Carol Ross Joynt August 1, 2013
The hospitality magnate—whose family business started as a root-beer stand in DC—on health, family, and loving what you do. more

What Made Me: BBC Anchor Katty Kay

By Sophie Gilbert July 11, 2013
She talks to us about growing up in the Middle East, feeling like a failure, and the women who inspire her. more

Johnny Shockley: The Chesapeake Bay’s Hope on the Half Shell

By Cara Parks July 8, 2013
Shockley thinks he’s found a way to clean up the Bay and preserve a way of life—while turning a profit. more

Charles Veley: The World’s Most Traveled Man?

By Eliot Stein June 5, 2013
After logging 2.3 million miles and journeying to 95 percent of the earth’s places, this Tysons executive may be the Planet’s biggest globetrotter. So why is he controversial? more

What Made Me: Linda Rabbitt, Founder of Rand Construction

By Harry Jaffe May 8, 2013
She talks Teddy Roosevelt, surviving breast cancer, and being the only girl in the room. more

What Made Me: Nora Pouillon, Owner of Restaurant Nora

By Jessica Voelker February 4, 2013
The Vienna-born owner of Restaurant Nora—the first certified organic eatery in the US—on clean eating, taking a big risk, and the cooking school that started it all. more

Second Term Advice for Obama: Be Like Ike

By Evan Thomas January 31, 2013
President Obama could avoid the “second-term curse” of some of his predecessors—ranging from disappointment to disaster—by looking to an unlikely model: Eisenhower. more

What Made Me: Melody Barnes, Former Obama Adviser

By Marisa M. Kashino January 10, 2013
President Obama’s former domestic-policy adviser on competitive swimming, her father’s childhood in the South, and turning the big 4-0. more

Peter Robinson, DC’s Piano Man

By Ken DeCell January 9, 2013
A veteran cocktail pianist talks about life in Washington’s hotel bars, the problem with politics, raising a family while working at night, and playing with a handicap. more

What Made Me: Opera Star Denyce Graves

By Sophie Gilbert December 6, 2012
The DC native on telling stories, discovering music, and the power of being yourself. more

The Timekeeper Behind America’s Master Clock

By Sam Kean December 5, 2012
Demetrios Matsakis is in charge of the clock that keeps the Internet, cell phones, GPS—and, basically, life as we know it—running smoothly. more

What Made Me: Best-Selling Author David Baldacci

By Carol Ross Joynt November 1, 2012
The novelist and lifelong Virginian on delivering newspapers, why writers need fear, and his favorite presidents. more

A Modest Proposal To Fix Washington: Bring Back the Booze

By Susan Milligan October 31, 2012
In this divisive era, couldn’t a little more bipartisan alcohol help? more

What Made Me: Michel Martin of NPR’s “Tell Me More”

By Abdul Ali October 10, 2012
Martin talks to us about “radical” hairstyles, reading “The Exorcist,” and a family tragedy. more

John Delaney: The Candidate Who is Crashing the Party

By Len Lazarick October 9, 2012
Maryland Democrats initially didn’t want John Delaney to run for Congress. Yesterday he succeeded in unseating ten-term incumbent Roscoe Bartlett. more

Life’s a Stage for Washington Actor Ted van Griethuysen

By Norman Allen September 10, 2012
You may not recall his name, but if you’re a theatergoer you’ve likely seen this award-winning actor in everything from Shakespeare to Tom Stoppard. And at age 77, he’s still learning. more

What Made Me: Carla Hall

By Jessica Voelker August 28, 2012
The “Top Chef” all-star and cohost of ABC’s “The Chew” on growing up a tomboy, spiritual healing, and the art of recovery. more

What Made Me: Valerie Plame Wilson

By Marisa M. Kashino August 8, 2012
The author and former spy on facing adversity, meeting her husband, and the benefits of a nice glass of wine. more

Giving the National Mall Some Curb Appeal

By Ariel Sabar July 30, 2012
Landscape architect Teresa Durkin is determined to make “America’s Front Yard” a showpiece for the country. more

How Opower’s Dan Yates Persuades People to Use Less Energy

By Kevin Charles Redmon July 12, 2012
How do you get people to use less energy? Dan Yates says it’s all about sparking neighborly competition. more

How Summer Dirtball Games Helped Build the Metro

By Jim Hughes July 6, 2012
In the summer of ’74, I spent my days underground helping build the Metro. In the evening, rival crews came together to drink beer and settle differences on the softball field. more

What Made Me: Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

By Garrett M. Graff July 6, 2012
The Secretary of Labor on the influences that shaped her life—and how a work of fiction told her parents’ true story. more

Mole-in-Training: How China Tried to Infiltrate the CIA

By David Wise June 7, 2012
The odd story of how a Virginia study-abroad student ended up in federal prison for espionage. more

What Made Me: Brendan Sullivan Jr.

By Marisa M. Kashino June 6, 2012
Washington’s top criminal-defense lawyer learned from a legal legend. more