Roughly Speaking podcast: Halloween special: Best of horror movie music (episode 168)

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Transit's vital role

If highways are the enemies of America's cities, then public transit has long been their most stalwart, if often underappreciated, ally. Two recent events have underscored the importance of fixed-rail transit to urban life and they both have a "Washington" connection — the one-day shutdown of the Metrorail system in and around Washington, D.C. and the opening of new light rail stops in Seattle.

The closure of Metrorail last Wednesday was greeted by District residents with all the joy that Northern Iowa college basketball fans can muster after that stunning loss to a Texas A&M men's team they were beating by 12 points with less than one minute left to play....