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August 2014 Contents: Fun on the Water

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August 2014 Volume 49, Number 11

Cover Story

Fun on the Water

From kayaking on our rivers and sailing on the bay to splashing in pools and cracking crabs on the Chesapeake, here’s how to make the most of Washington’s liquid assets.

Edited by Sherri Dalphonse


Sea Change

Will the luxury mega-development on the Southwest waterfront unmoor the low-key way of life on DC’s houseboats? A look inside the “live-aboard” community, just as the cranes rise. By Carol Ross Joynt, Photographs by Andrew Propp

The Spies Next Door

Great espionage stories are hiding in neighborhoods all over Washington. Here’s how one writer tracked down the story of the Glomar Explorer, the most ambitious operation in CIA history. By Matt Mendelsohn

The Making and Unmaking of a Power Marriage

When superlobbyists Tony and Heather Podesta landed in divorce court, they had to try to outlobby each other for control of their powerful brand. By Luke Mullins

Capital Comment

Solving DC’s growing traffic problem . . . How to have the best fan experience at Nationals Park . . . Where local chefs are spending their summer vacations and what they’ll be eating . . . You’ve heard of the FBI’s most-wanted list—what about the EPA’s? . . . What happens to the coins thrown into our fountains.

Behind the Scenes Inside Dulles Airport’s ground control towers, which shepherd 750 commercial flights a day.

Where & When

Mary Chapin Carpenter with the NSO at Wolf Trap . . . Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at Jiffy Lube Live . . . Arcade Fire at Verizon . . . Savion Glover at the Howard . . . Shakespeare Free for All at the Harman: The Winter’s Tale . . . Sunday in the Park With George at Signature . . . The National Book Festival moves indoors.


Tree Whisperer Protecting the forest that lines DC’s streets is a daily battle for the city’s arborists. Washington Read Locals share their picks for summer vacation reading. Cold Case Proudly isolated Alaska should be textbook Tea Party territory—so why has the state’s US Senate fight come down to a Democrat and a Washington insider?What Made Me Former White House budget director Alice Rivlin on the influences that have shaped her.


Beyond the Sea Coral-hued accessories to pack for a summer escape. Pedi Fab Fifteen nail salons for a quick, clean, affordable pedicure.Brace Yourself The best options for adults looking to fix crooked teeth.Cultural Diversity In Silver Spring, everything from Ethiopian cafes to art workshops.


Raw Talent Sushi Capitol chef Minoru Ogawa has grand ambitions. Plus—down-home cooking in Chevy Chase DC, Indian that doesn’t stint on spice, spots for outdoor drinking, and more.


This Old House Designers share how to keep older homes beautiful. Plus—repairs these residences often require and items your toolbox may be missing. Ready, Set, Shop A wave of interior-design stores have opened recently, each catering to a different style.Luxury Homes Opera star Renée Fleming lands in DC’s Palisades for $1.9 million.Pets It’s tough to leave animals behind during vacation,but is bringing them aboard an airplane any better?

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First Person For one dad’s kids, the thrill of an Ocean City vacation doesn’t have anything to do with the beach.Crossword