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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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    • 4.8 • 100 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.

    51st: With Democrats In Charge, Is DC Destined For Statehood?

    51st: With Democrats In Charge, Is DC Destined For Statehood?

    The city's chances at statehood have improved in 2021, but there’s still one big obstacle: the filibuster.

    This is a special bonus episode of 51st, from WAMU's What's With Washington. To support the show, visit wamu.org/supportwhatswith.

    • 13 min
    Next Virtual Trivia: November 19th!

    Next Virtual Trivia: November 19th!

    Join Mikaela for another night of virtual trivia on November 19th! Test your knowledge of the Washington region along with special guest Rachel Kurzius of DCist. You’ll also get a chance to win a pair of What’s With Washington argyle socks.

    The trivia event is on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET. It’s free and open to everyone.

    To participate, please pre-register at wamu.org/events by Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. All registered participants will receive an email with instructions on how to connect on Zoom. Live closed captioning service will be provided.

    • 1 min
    51st: Greetings From Douglass Commonwealth

    51st: Greetings From Douglass Commonwealth

    What does Washington, D.C.'s future hold? We take a trip to 2030 to find out. Plus, Kojo Nnamdi and Tom Sherwood explore why D.C. statehood is so personal for local journalists like them. This is the sixth and final episode of 51st, from WAMU's What's With Washington. To support the show, visit wamu.org/supportwhatswith.

    • 29 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 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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