28 episodes

From the producers of What's With Washington, 51st is a series about Washingtonians’ fight for representation. D.C.'s 700,000 residents don't get to elect a voting representative to Congress, and the federal government can block their laws. 51st will trace how racism, party politics, and even an attempted mutiny in Pennsylvania have stood in the way of the city’s path to full representation. We’ll also try to figure out if D.C. has a real shot at achieving statehood today. Could D.C. ever be the 51st state?

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    • 4.8 • 80 Ratings

From the producers of What's With Washington, 51st is a series about Washingtonians’ fight for representation. D.C.'s 700,000 residents don't get to elect a voting representative to Congress, and the federal government can block their laws. 51st will trace how racism, party politics, and even an attempted mutiny in Pennsylvania have stood in the way of the city’s path to full representation. We’ll also try to figure out if D.C. has a real shot at achieving statehood today. Could D.C. ever be the 51st state?

    51st: From Prisons To Weed, How District Life Is Different

    51st: From Prisons To Weed, How District Life Is Different

    D.C.'s status as a district has drastically altered the lives of some residents, including people convicted of felonies and medical marijuana patients. Formerly incarcerated Washingtonian Jameon Gray and marijuana legalization advocate Adam Eidinger share their stories, and D.C.'s attorney general offers up solutions. This is the fifth episode of 51st, from WAMU's What's With Washington.

    To support the show, visit wamu.org/supportwhatswith.

    • 29 min
    51st: Is D.C. Statehood Even Legal?

    51st: Is D.C. Statehood Even Legal?

    Should D.C. become its own state, combine with Maryland or stay the way it is? Most local activists say 51st statehood is the only way to go, but opponents believe it violates the U.S. Constitution — among other issues. Who’s right here? This is the fourth episode of 51st, from WAMU’s What’s With Washington.

    To support the show, visit wamu.org/supportwhatswith.

    • 35 min
    51st: ‘Take This Thing To The Streets’

    51st: ‘Take This Thing To The Streets’

    The civil rights movement is reshaping D.C.'s push for representation and local control. Will local leaders like Walter Fauntroy and Marion Barry be able to get the city on solid ground? This is the third episode of 51st, from WAMU's What's With Washington.

    To support the show, visit wamu.org/supportwhatswith.

    • 34 min
    51st: What Hamilton Got Wrong About D.C.

    51st: What Hamilton Got Wrong About D.C.

    A Philadelphia mutiny. A secret dinner meeting with three Founding Fathers. A controversial political boss's citywide reorganization plan. To understand Washingtonians' voting rights today, we dive into the city's past. This is the second episode of 51st, from WAMU's What's With Washington.

    • 25 min
    51st: Why Statehood, Why Now?

    51st: Why Statehood, Why Now?

    Three major events in 2020 bring D.C.'s lack of representation into the spotlight: the coronavirus pandemic, protests near the White House against police brutality, and a historic statehood vote in Congress. This is the first episode of 51st, from WAMU's What's With Washington.

    • 22 min
    51st: Our New Season

    51st: Our New Season

    51st is a series about Washingtonians’ fight for representation. D.C.'s 700,000 residents don't get to elect a voting representative to Congress, and the federal government can block their laws. 51st will trace how racism, party politics, and even an attempted mutiny in Pennsylvania have stood in the way of the city’s path to full representation. We’ll also try to figure out if D.C. has a real shot at achieving statehood today. Could D.C. ever be the 51st state?

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

CMCarterSS ,

Loving 51st!

I’m loving the new season, 51st, for its deep dive into DC history and it’s residents’ fight for self rule, representation, and statehood. And I am so delighted to hear from experts on DC’s history, like George Derek Musgrove and Chris Myers Asch (authors of Chocolate City) and longtime residents/icons, like Kojo Nnamdi!

Tribbleville ,

Awesome

I love this podcast and have learned all kinds of interesting things about DC. The city has a real history and identity that isn’t immediately obvious especially to the many of us who have moved here. This podcast helps reveal all of that. Keep it up!!

PastaLover2 ,

A Lot of Nothing

Every time I listen to What’s with Washington I’m shocked at how little they actually say/tell me. The episode on fashion was a very good example. It’d be better if they’d develop more meat for their stories.

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