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We've got a feed drop this week for Through The Cracks podcast subscribers from our friends at WBEZ. A new season of the...
04/09/2022
‎Through The Cracks: Through The Cracks Presents: Motive on Apple Podcasts

We've got a feed drop this week for Through The Cracks podcast subscribers from our friends at WBEZ. A new season of their #Motivepodcast explores the hidden world of big prisons in small town America.

In this episode drop, Motive host Shannon Heffernan takes a closer look at the pattern of beatings in a blind spot at an IL. prison, and why it went ignored for years.

‎Show Through The Cracks, Ep Through The Cracks Presents: Motive - Apr 7, 2022

Mia Sosa joins WAMU to discuss her decision to depict local people and places in the D.C. region, how to write chemistry...
04/08/2022
Listen: In new novel, Mia Sosa writes a romantic D.C. locals can recognize

Mia Sosa joins WAMU to discuss her decision to depict local people and places in the D.C. region, how to write chemistry that crackles on the page, and why she wants to take readers on a “bananapants” journey with The Wedding Crasher.

“The Wedding Crasher” came out this week and USA Today bestselling author Mia Sosa talks about the “bananapants” journey it takes readers on.

Do you feel safe walking near busy streets in your community? Should pedestrians and cyclists be responsible for keeping...
04/01/2022
Kojo In Our Community: How Can We Make The Roads Safer For All?

Do you feel safe walking near busy streets in your community? Should pedestrians and cyclists be responsible for keeping themselves safe, or should the onus be on drivers?

Join Kojo Nnamdi for a conversation about traffic safety on Tuesday, April 5 at 3pm. You can call into the live show, or submit your questions and comments in advance.

The D.C. region can be a dangerous place for cyclists, drivers, and especially pedestrians. Despite programs like Vision Zero, which aim to eliminate traffic deaths completely, fatalities have instead increased. What's going wrong? Kojo talks with officials, transit experts, and community members ab...

"I think we’re seeing more shows than ever... And I’m seeing shows sell out more than ever before as well. So it sounds ...
03/31/2022
She Started Out Working The Door At 9:30 Club. Now She's The New GM

"I think we’re seeing more shows than ever... And I’m seeing shows sell out more than ever before as well. So it sounds like everyone is just very eager to make up for that lost time."

9:30 Club has someone new at the top after 20 years. Meet Angie Chamberland.

“This place is kinda like my neighborhood. It’s a breath of fresh air. This is my heart, my home. I wouldn’t want to ska...
03/31/2022
With Change Afoot, Skateboarders Rally To Preserve Freedom Plaza

“This place is kinda like my neighborhood. It’s a breath of fresh air. This is my heart, my home. I wouldn’t want to skate anywhere else."

Skateboarders have long been drawn to the downtown expanse of white and gray marble, but federal planners say it might be time to rethink the plaza's look and design.

NEXT WEEK: Join Kojo Nnamdi for a conversation about traffic safety. 2021 was one of the deadliest years for traffic acc...
03/30/2022
Kojo In Our Community: How Can We Make The Roads Safer For All?

NEXT WEEK: Join Kojo Nnamdi for a conversation about traffic safety.

2021 was one of the deadliest years for traffic accidents in our region, despite widespread adoption of Vision Zero. What's going wrong?

Tune in on Tuesday, April 5 at 3pm.

The D.C. region can be a dangerous place for cyclists, drivers, and especially pedestrians. Despite programs like Vision Zero, which aim to eliminate traffic deaths completely, fatalities have instead increased. What's going wrong? Kojo talks with officials, transit experts, and community members ab...

It might feel like the pandemic is finally over — but health officials say we're not there yet. In the D.C. region, case...
03/29/2022
Listen: Local health officials remind residents the pandemic isn’t over just yet

It might feel like the pandemic is finally over — but health officials say we're not there yet.

In the D.C. region, cases have returned to levels from the fall, following the delta variant uptick but before the omicron surge took hold.

Public health workers are still trying to reach the remaining few who haven’t gotten any shots.

A library is never JUST a library. Reporter Amanda Gomez checks in on how the last couple years have changed things at S...
03/28/2022
Listen: How One D.C. Library Has Fared Throughout The Pandemic

A library is never JUST a library. Reporter Amanda Gomez checks in on how the last couple years have changed things at Shaw branch of the D.C. Public Library.

For many patrons of the Shaw library, the institution has become a one stop shop for COVID-19 tests and information on the virus.

As war rages in Ukraine, the Arlington Sister City Association is helping send humanitarian aid to their sister city, Iv...
03/25/2022
As War Rages In Ukraine, Arlingtonians Step Up For Their Sister City

As war rages in Ukraine, the Arlington Sister City Association is helping send humanitarian aid to their sister city, Ivano-Frankivsk, and educating Arlingtonians about their community’s ties to a place now in a war zone.

Weeks into the conflict in Ukraine, Arlingtonians are finding ways to support the people of Ivano-Frankivsk, a city in the country's southwest.

We're back on the air for one last full day of inviting you to join the team of WAMU members! Your gift now makes a big ...
03/24/2022

We're back on the air for one last full day of inviting you to join the team of WAMU members! Your gift now makes a big impact. Plus you can choose a thank-you gift for a little treat yourself! Donate now before the final countdown! https://wamu.fm/3ib0Atj

“Seeing somebody break that glass ceiling that you, you know, respect, and someone that deserves it so much, it’s going ...
03/22/2022
How D.C. native Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson inspires other Washingtonians

“Seeing somebody break that glass ceiling that you, you know, respect, and someone that deserves it so much, it’s going to be very emotional for me,” says Jo-Ann Sagar, a D.C. appellate lawyer and a mentee of Ketanji Brown Jackson’s. “I’m full of pride. I’m just honored to witness this moment.”

For the Washingtonians who know Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson personally, the moment will carry particular significance.

Today, NPR and WAMU will cover the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Live coverage ...
03/21/2022
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Heat up your night and take a break with Hot Jazz Saturday Night! If you're one of the first 200 people to donate during...
03/19/2022

Heat up your night and take a break with Hot Jazz Saturday Night! If you're one of the first 200 people to donate during the show, you'll get a Starr-Gennett inspired magnet as a bonus gift! Tune in, donate, and get a little bit of jazz history to go with you! (Jazz Cat for your viewing pleasure) https://wamu.fm/3ib0Atj

When you make a new, renewed, or upgraded monthly gift in any amount, not only is your first month matched, but you'll a...
03/18/2022

When you make a new, renewed, or upgraded monthly gift in any amount, not only is your first month matched, but you'll also get a podcast sticker sheet as a bonus gift! Your sustaining membership is WAMU's constant companion. Learn more about the campaign here: https://wamu.org/2022-spring-membership-campaign/

In an attempt to protect laid-off workers, D.C. lawmakers passed an act requiring large hotels to first offer newly-avai...
03/17/2022
DC Hotel Workers Face Uncertain Future With Layoffs And Fewer Hours

In an attempt to protect laid-off workers, D.C. lawmakers passed an act requiring large hotels to first offer newly-available jobs to the workers they let go of during the pandemic. But a local union says some hotels have circumvented the law.

At least one D.C. hotel is keeping its pandemic-related cutbacks on housekeeping, impacting workers’ wages and benefits.

Issues arising from the school system's pandemic response exacerbated mounting tensions between members of the teacher u...
03/17/2022
The divide over the future of the Washington Teachers' Union explained

Issues arising from the school system's pandemic response exacerbated mounting tensions between members of the teacher union.

In recent months, disagreements within the DC union have led to clashes and personal attacks in Zoom meetings. In recent months, disagreements within the union have led to clashes and personal attacks in Zoom meetings.

Like many people over the last two years, Mark Lampert found a hobby to pass the time when he was isolated from the rest...
03/16/2022
Listen: Drumming Became This Man's Pandemic Passion

Like many people over the last two years, Mark Lampert found a hobby to pass the time when he was isolated from the rest of the world.

Like many people over the last two years of the pandemic, Mark Lampert found a hobby to pass the time when isolated from the world.

Today is the first day of WAMU's Spring Membership Campaign. It is also New Member Day! The first 500 people to donate t...
03/16/2022

Today is the first day of WAMU's Spring Membership Campaign. It is also New Member Day! The first 500 people to donate today will automatically receive a mini WAMU Constant Companion keychain as a bonus gift. Give now and get yours https://wamu.fm/3ib0Atj

Did you know the Smithsonian had a chief medical director? Dr. Anne Christensen spoke with WAMU about the decision to li...
03/15/2022
Listen: How does the Smithsonian decide its COVID-19 policies?

Did you know the Smithsonian had a chief medical director? Dr. Anne Christensen spoke with WAMU about the decision to lift the institution's indoor mask mandate and what her job looks like on a weekly basis.

Dr. Anne Christensen is the Smithsonian's chief doctor. She's responsible for helping the institution accomplish its mission safely.

Police sources say a man was stopped and taken into custody early Tuesday morning on Pennsylvania Avenue SE and brought ...
03/15/2022
Man Detained In Attacks On Unhoused Residents In DC, New York

Police sources say a man was stopped and taken into custody early Tuesday morning on Pennsylvania Avenue SE and brought to the homicide branch for questioning.

The development comes less than 12 hours after officials increased a reward to $70,000 and widely shared images of the suspect's face.

Each weekend since Russia invaded Ukraine, lines snake around the block for D Light Café & Bakery in Adams Morgan.Anasta...
03/11/2022
Lines At This Ukrainian Bakery In DC Have Been Out The Door For Weeks

Each weekend since Russia invaded Ukraine, lines snake around the block for D Light Café & Bakery in Adams Morgan.

Anastasiia Derun, the Ukrainian immigrant who owns D Light alongside her younger sister Vira, says she’s dreamed of huge crowds gathering at the establishment since it opened this fall. But not like this.

“This is not the reason I want to have a lot of people,” she says.

D Light Cafe and Bakery in D.C. has seen lines out the door for weeks as the local community has shown support for its Ukrainian owners.

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82% of D.C. residents have gotten two jabs, but just 38% of those 12+ have gotten three.
We've got a feed drop this week for Through The Cracks podcast subscribers from our friends at WBEZ. A new season of their #Motivepodcast explores the hidden world of big prisons in small town America. In this episode drop, Motive host Shannon Heffernan takes a closer look at the pattern of beatings in a blind spot at an IL. prison, and why it went ignored for years.
Mia Sosa joins WAMU to discuss her decision to depict local people and places in the D.C. region, how to write chemistry that crackles on the page, and why she wants to take readers on a “bananapants” journey with The Wedding Crasher.
After a two-year hiatus, the Japanese Street Festival and National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade are back on.
After a two-year hiatus, the Japanese Street Festival and National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade are back on.
“It’s just simple, practical support. And also, I think moral support that, you know, they are not alone looking for these doses."
“The problem has always been, whose voices are heard? Who is empowered to speak up? And whose interests are being protected?”
“I feel like there was a lot of sympathy for my situation last year – having a parent with cancer who I had to take care of. It just feels like this collective good that we all entered the pandemic with has slowly waned.”
Esther and Kojo review all the big news from the region this week:
Do you feel safe walking near busy streets in your community? Should pedestrians and cyclists be responsible for keeping themselves safe, or should the onus be on drivers? Join Kojo Nnamdi for a conversation about traffic safety on Tuesday, April 5 at 3pm. You can call into the live show, or submit your questions and comments in advance.
This week we try and help you solve this age-old dilemma...
"I think we’re seeing more shows than ever... And I’m seeing shows sell out more than ever before as well. So it sounds like everyone is just very eager to make up for that lost time."