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What do you wonder about the Washington region and the people who call it home? As part of What’s With Washington, you submit the questions that inform the stories that WAMU reporters go out and answer.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 69 Ratings

What do you wonder about the Washington region and the people who call it home? As part of What’s With Washington, you submit the questions that inform the stories that WAMU reporters go out and answer.

    Virtual Trivia Returns! July 23

    Virtual Trivia Returns! July 23

    Calling all D.C. trivia nerds! We had so much fun at our first virtual trivia event in May so we're doing it again!

    Join Mikaela Lefrak on Thursday, July 23, from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. for live, local trivia. Test your knowledge of D.C. area history, geography and culture in this free, community-building event that’s open to everyone.

    To participate, register by 5 p.m. on July 23. All registered participants will receive an email with instructions on how to connect to our virtual event. The event is free, but donations to WAMU are welcome!

    Register now at wamu.org/events.

    • 1 min
    Virtual Trivia: Join Us May 14!

    Virtual Trivia: Join Us May 14!

    Calling all D.C. trivia nerds! It’s time to test your knowledge and face off in WAMU’s first-ever virtual trivia event!

    Join Mikaela Lefrak on Thursday, May 14 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. for live, D.C.-themed trivia. Test your knowledge of D.C. history, sports, culture and quirks in this free, community-building event that’s open to everyone.

    To participate, we ask that you pre-register on Eventbrite by 3 p.m. on May 14 (The event is free, but donations are welcome!). All registered participants will receive an email with instructions on how to connect to our virtual event.

    Register now at wamu.org/events.

    • 3 min
    Coronavirus Testing Explained, Plus Ways To Help

    Coronavirus Testing Explained, Plus Ways To Help

    To see the latest coronavirus coverage, visit WAMU.org and DCist.com. We're updating our stories around the clock. We've also created a Facebook group. To join, search for "D.C. Area Coronavirus Updates" on Facebook.

    The reporters behind What's With Washington have been hustling to cover COVID-19 in every way they can, and in this episode, we're highlighting some of their work. Daniella Cheslow, WAMU's power and influence reporter, joins Mikaela to break down a question many of us are asking: Why is it taking so long to get lots of people tested? Then, we look for ways to help our community and our region with stories from Elliot Williams, Maureen Pao, Jonquilyn Hill and Eliza Berkon.

    More details on how to help:

    Mikaela Lefrak (Arts and Culture Reporter, WAMU) talked about how you can donate blood at your local hospital.

    Elliot Williams (Staff Writer, DCist) talked about the Mutual Aid network for Wards 7 and 8. You can also access the Mutual Aid Network's spreadsheet (bit.ly/dcmutualaidspreadsheet) or connect on Facebook.

    Maureen Pao (Reporter, WAMU) talked about how you can donate non-perishable food items or volunteer with The Capital Area Food Bank (www.capitalareafoodbank.org).

    Jonquilyn Hill (Producer, 1A and WAMU Podcasts) talked about how the Homeless Children's Playtime Project (playtimeproject.org) is putting together playsets for kids living in shelters. You can support their work by making a donation.

    Eliza Berkon (Reporter, WAMU's Affordability Desk) talked about buying a gift card to your favorite local restaurants and donating to D.C.'s Virtual Tip Jar.

    • 15 min
    An Embassy Mystery: What’s Up With Iran’s Properties In D.C.

    An Embassy Mystery: What’s Up With Iran’s Properties In D.C.

    The former Iranian Embassy and ambassador's residence on D.C.'s Embassy Row have been boarded up for decades. But recently, a listener noticed construction outside one of them, and asked us to investigate. The story of the mansions involves wild '70s parties, the Iranian Revolution, and a landlord you wouldn't expect: the U.S. State Department. Monna Kashfi, the executive producer of WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show and an Iranian politics expert, joins the show.

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    To ask a question, visit wamu.org/whatswith.

    • 18 min
    What’s With Washington: LIVE!

    What’s With Washington: LIVE!

    A few weeks ago, What’s With Washington went on the road (to NPR’s D.C. headquarters, that is) for our first ever live event. We talked about what makes a good What’s With Washington question! There was a muralist! And there was a Washington-region trivia quiz! Host Mikaela Lefrak grilled WAMU and DCist reporters on their Washington knowledge. On this episode of What's With Washington, highlights from our live event.

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    If you LOVE What's With Washington, become a member! Head to wamu.org/donate to support the show and more great podcasts from WAMU.

    To submit a question, visit wamu.org/whatswith.

    • 26 min
    Why Do Washingtonians Freak Out About Snow?

    Why Do Washingtonians Freak Out About Snow?

    You've seen the terrible drivers and empty store shelves. But is there a deeper reason why Washingtonians can't handle the snow? Or are we just wimps about winter weather? WAMU editor and Midwesterner Letese' Clark joins Mikaela to figure out the basis for our snow panic. Then Mikaela finds some real winter joy with photojournalist and Southerner Tyrone Turner.

    Take our listener survey: whatswith.org/survey

    If you LOVE What's With Washington, become a member! Head to wamu.org/donate to support the show and more great podcasts from WAMU.

    To submit a question, visit wamu.org/whatswith.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

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.

Chrissy Reardon ,

Podcast Greatness

What a great podcast! I listened to all the episodes and now am a WAMU member. I’ve learned so much about my city! Looking forward to more episodes!

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