Issues

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

New condos go up, but are schools pushed out of DC’s development boom?
Nearly half of D.C. students attend public charter schools. But with increasing rent prices, property values and overall development, can these schools afford to stay and operate in the nation's capital?

TRASHED: Can the DC area clean up its waste problem?
The United States is hurtling toward a waste crisis, and it's forcing states, cities and counties throughout the country and in the D.C. area to rethink the way we deal with trash.

‘Guns go bang.’ What it’s like growing up in one of DC’s most dangerous neighborhoods
In a neighborhood plagued with violence, poverty and substance abuse, middle schoolers discover all the ways they can write their own future.

Dangers of childbirth: DC works to save dying mothers
The number of American women who experience severe, often life-threatening, complications during pregnancy and childbirth has increased almost 200 percent in recent years, and pregnancy-associated deaths are on the rise. The D.C. area is not immune to these troubling trends. WTOP’s Rachel Nania takes a look at what's threatening the lives of mothers.

How much paid family leave is enough?
Bringing home a new child is a major adjustment — one that takes time. But just how much time is needed? A new report breaks down the science behind the impact of paid family leave.

At Calvary, DC women overcome violence, homelessness
Many women who experience homelessness in the nation's capital also experience violence. But one local center is helping women heal and rebuild their lives.

More than college tuition: ‘We have a child care crisis in this country’
The cost of child care in the U.S. is on the rise, surpassing the price of college tuition in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Why is it so expensive ? A look into an industry that's costing everyone involved.

Child care shortage: Baby boom, operating costs lead to waiting lists
Waiting lists up to a year long? The second report in the Child Care Crisis series explores the many factors contributing to a child care shortage in the D.C. area.

Virginia bakery gives women a second chance at life and career
The chocolate chip cookies that come out of this oven are so much more than a chewy confection — they’re a symbol of a second chance.

From behind bars to the stage: New DC program gives prisoners a voice
A new program is giving a voice to those previously silenced. "Voices Unbarred" is a performance written by men behind bars, and performed by those recently released.