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What's With Washington introduces us to the DMV’s interesting characters, shows us its weird history, and gets at the bigger questions behind the literal questions that YOU ask about the Washington region. From WAMU.

What's With Washington introduces us to the DMV’s interesting characters, shows us its weird history, and gets at the bigger questions behind the literal questions that YOU ask about the Washington region. From WAMU.
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What's With Washington introduces us to the DMV’s interesting characters, shows us its weird history, and gets at the bigger questions behind the literal questions that YOU ask about the Washington region. From WAMU.

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English


Episodes

Daycare Costs How Much?! Why Childcare is So Expensive in the Washington Region

5/7/2019
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Daycare is so expensive some parents are postponing their plans to have kids. Elly Yu and Martin Austermuhle join Mikaela to demystify the hidden costs of childcare in the DMV. You can read more about this story here. To submit a question, visit wamu.org/whatswith. The What’s With Washington podcast is made possible by our listeners. To support the show, visit wamu.org/donate/.

Duration:00:19:00

A Crest, a Breast, and a Hot Mess: The Story Behind the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Flags

4/30/2019
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A listener wants to know why the Maryland flag is such a mesmerizing mess, leading Mikaela to look into the three main flags of the DMV. DCist's Rachel Sadon tries to figure out why the district's flag is everywhere and vexillologist Jack Lowe joins Mikaela to share some history and explain what his title even means. You can read more about this story here. To submit a question, visit wamu.org/whatswith. The What’s With Washington podcast is made possible by our listeners. To support the...

Duration:00:20:23

A Wombat Can Dream: Why the National Zoo Prefers Elephants to our Favorite Fuzzy Wuzzy Chubby Cutie Snuggly Marsupial (an Exposé)

4/23/2019
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When a listener writes in asking why the National Zoo doesn't have a wombat, you can count on Mikaela to confront the zookeepers about their decision-making. Then, Poncie Rutsch joins Mikaela to talk about the surprising history of the National Zoo. Hint: It includes a taxidermist, a bison hunt and a menagerie of animals on the National Mall. You can read more about this story here. To submit a question, visit wamu.org/whatswith. The What’s With Washington podcast is made possible by our...

Duration:00:19:04

Do Pizza Boxes Go to Heaven? Your DMV Recycling Questions, Answered

4/16/2019
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So you think you recycle...but where do your plastic bags, jam jars, and soda cans actually go? Jacob Fenston joins Mikaela on a field trip to the recycling plant to find out once and for all. Bonus: a local artist finds a way to recycle what the region can't! You can read more about this story here. To submit a question, visit wamu.org/whatswith. The What’s With Washington podcast is made possible by our listeners. To support the show, visit wamu.org/donate/.

Duration:00:18:14

Bikes, Pedestrians, Scooters, Oh My! Why Aren’t Sidewalks for Walking Anymore?

4/9/2019
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Bikes often end up on the sidewalks in the DMV even where there are bike lanes. Tyrone Turner joins Mikaela to get to the bottom of a question posed by a frustrated pedestrian. And an urban planner tries to make sense of the chaos. You can read more about this story here. To submit a question, visit wamu.org/whatswith. The What’s With Washington podcast is made possible by our listeners. To support the show, visit wamu.org/donate/.

Duration:00:17:39

From Duke Ellington to Blues Alley: What’s With D.C.’s Jazz Scene These Days?

4/9/2019
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"Are there still jazz clubs where up-and-coming artists perform?" Sasha-Ann Simons joins Mikaela to answer a question from a recent transplant to Damascus, MD. And we learn what role one embassy played in D.C.'s jazz history. You can read more about this story here. To submit a question, visit wamu.org/whatswith. The What’s With Washington podcast is made possible by our listeners. To support the show, visit wamu.org/donate/.

Duration:00:17:32

Trailer

3/26/2019
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Trailer for the What's With Washington podcast.

Duration:00:01:53