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The Music Man

INSIGHTS MAGAZINE

In February 2015, listeners to NPR’s Jazz Night in America got a taste of something Washington, DC, jazz lovers have enjoyed for years: the innovative sound of trombonist Reginald Cyntje. What unfolded was magic.

Read the full story in Insights magazine.

Brave New World at IJ

BETHESDA MAGAZINE

Michelle Jaconi left behind 18 years in broadcast journalism—12 with NBC’s Meet the Press and six with CNN—to become executive editor of the Independent Journal Review, a brash social-first media upstart based in Alexandria, Virginia, with an out-of-the-mainstream, right-of-center approach. read more…

The Sedan Also Rises

NARRATIVELY

On the streets of Havana, a 1955 Chrysler New Yorker carried Ernest Hemingway to the long bar at the Floridita for daiquiris mixed strong and sour. It took him to the hilltop farmhouse where he lived most of the last twenty-two years of his life. Then it disappeared. read more…

Is Any Town Truly Safe From Gun Violence?

THE LIBERTY PROJECT

Tim Hewlett was nearly dead when his brother Christopher arrived. Hewlett was a cop, and he had been shot in the head with his own gun as he slept. By the time Christopher came to his side, his massive frame was quickly losing life. The house appeared to have been ransacked.

Police soon uncovered the truth. There had been no intruder. read more…

City Living

BETHESDA MAGAZINE

Driven by millennials and baby boomers, a demographic shift is remaking Montgomery County, morphing suburbs into cities.  It’s part of a national transformation that some say signals a whole new way of life. read more…

Narrow Rails

NOWHERE MAGAZINE LONGFORM 

On my way to Sonjoji temple, I sit on the Tokyo subway with dour-faced salarymen.

To reach the forest temples of Nikku, I hurtle 200 miles an hour across Honshu.

Click by click, a cog railway bears me to sacred Koya-San amid its mandala of mountains.

In search of ancient Japan — its Zen temples, manicured gardens and Buddhist priests muttering prayers in black robes — I find myself on trains. read more…


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