Diane Rehm’s weekly podcast features newsmakers, writers, artists and thinkers on the issues she cares about most: what’s going on in Washington, ideas that inform, and the latest on living well as we live longer.
Join Kojo and resident analyst Tom Sherwood on Fridays at noon for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Each week Kojo and Tom help make sense of legislation, hold elected officials accountable and provide in-depth analysis of local issues and elections. The Politics Hour is also a vital forum for Washingtonians to engage directly with their local leaders.
Each week, WAMU 88.5's Metro Connection reaches across D.C., Maryland and Virginia to gather the sounds and stories that capture the current events, culture and personalities driving the Washington region.
Explosions and smoke-filled tunnels. Frustrated riders and epic commutes. This is the new normal on Washington’s Metro. Metropocalypse, a weekly podcast from WAMU 88.5, explores the unprecedented plan to rebuild tracks and re-engineer culture on the nation’s second largest transit system. Send questions & ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When a city changes, you can feel it in its local food culture. As the pandemic spread across the U.S., local restaurants closed or adapted, with many relying heavily on takeout and delivery in unprecedented ways. This season on Dish City, hosts Patrick Fort and Ruth Tam discover how food delivery became normal and ponder if it actually benefits restaurants, couriers and diners during the pandemic. From WAMU.
The Kojo Nnamdi Show's Tech Tuesday explores of how technology is changing our lives. As of 2016, Tech Tuesday is no longer produced. For an archive of shows dating back to 1999, visit http://thekojonnamdishow.org/topic/tech-tuesday.
The Diane Rehm Show's Friday News Roundup was an informed discussion of the week's top domestic and international news. This podcast serves as an archive and is no longer updated. For a more complete archive, visit drshow.org.
Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways is an audio journey into the rich, eclectic, and sometimes eccentric Smithsonian Folkways archive. Host Sam Litzinger and archivist Jeff Place comb the stacks for music and stories about this historic record label for monthly broadcasts that feature newly digitized audio, including rare outtakes, interviews, and never-before-heard recordings. Programs cover American folk icons, emerging artists who are continuing and transforming musical traditions ar ...
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) recounts a seven-hour oversight hearing about the return to in-person learning. Arlington County Board Chair Matt de Ferranti (D) talks about the county's new logo, a plastic bag tax, and the county's shrinking police force.
The New Yorker's Evan Osnos traces the roots of divisions in the U.S. from 9/11 to January 6. His new book is "Wildland: The Making of America's Fury."By Diane Rehm
D.C.'s Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Chris Geldart talks about how the city is preparing for a right-wing rally amid other weekend events. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D) discusses his lawsuit against Amazon, addressing debt collection practices, and his initiatives to combat hate in the District and across the country.…
Mandates, boosters and global supply. Georgetown University's Lawrence Gostin talks about what is legal -- and what might be most effective -- when it comes to getting Americans vaccinated.By Diane Rehm
Twenty years later, September 11, 2001 still feels close to us in the Washington region. In this special program from the WAMU newsroom, we bring you the stories of that day, told from voices across our region. We look at how the events of 9/11 changed us in ways we can’t miss, and in ways we barely notice. We hear how workers at the Pentagon addre…
WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld talks about Metro's possible expansion plans. Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams(D) and former Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette (D) reflect on the Sept. 11 attacks.
Recognizing the men and women on the front lines of America's longest wars. To mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Diane talks to James Kitfield, author of the new book, "In The Company Of Heroes."By Diane Rehm
The Supreme Court's Texas abortion decision has shined a light on the justices' increasing reliance on a "shadow docket." Legal expert Stephen Vladeck on what that means for transparency and legitimacy at the nation's court.By Diane Rehm
Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Ann Wheeler (D) talks about Afghan refugees coming to Northern Virginia. D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) weighs in on students returning to in-person learning.
Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock says the U.S. government misled the public about our failures in Afghanistan -- for years . His new book is titled "The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War."By Diane Rehm
A conversation from the archives with singer, actor and producer Harry Belafonte. In 2003, he talked to Diane about his lifelong activism on behalf of civil and human rights, and his gratitude for the platform being a performer gave him.By Diane Rehm
D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee talks about in-person learning, and how he's addressing concerns about the delta variant. Wason Center Academic Director Quentin Kidd talks about a new survey showing McAuliffe and other Virginia Democrats leading the polls.
A conversation from the archives with Dr. Ralph Stanley, the singer and banjo player whose "mountain music" gave rise to bluegrass. Stanley joined Diane in October 2009. He died in 2016 at age 89.By Diane Rehm
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich talks about the departure of a top health official and vaccine passports. Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson discusses how the city can better prepare for flooding.
A conversation from The Diane Rehm Show archives with opera star Renée Fleming. In a 2004 interview, she explains how she developed her voice into what became known as the gold standard of the soprano sound.By Diane Rehm
Kojo and Tom talk safety with U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger, then discuss what's in Virginia's 2022 budget with Del. Luke Torian.
A conversation from The Diane Rehm Show archives with pop and country super star Kenny Rogers. In a 2012 interview, he reflected on his challenging childhood, aging, and his 50 years in music.By Diane Rehm
A conversation from The Diane Rehm Show archives with singer-songwriter Judy Collins. In 2003 she talked to Diane about her son's suicide -- and how music and speaking publicly about mental health has helped her keep going.By Diane Rehm
Kojo and Tom talk with Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Contee III about his strategy to address gun violence.
Arlington County Board Member Christian Dorsey (D) talks about creating a civilian police review board. D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1) talks about her proposal to increase taxes for the District's top earners.
There are problems with food delivery. There's the reliance on gig laborers who say they are underpaid. Restaurants have to pay high commission fees on top of most orders. And delivery companies wind up operating on threadbare margins and still haven't turned an annual profit. Oh, and soggy fries. We haven't quite solved for that yet. There's plent…
"Quick sign up! Flexible hours! Be your own boss!" The perks of gig work are well-known, but do they actually reflect the reality of drivers working for food delivery apps? Patrick and Ruth try driving for DoorDash to find out. Plus, they interview three drivers in D.C., Seattle, and Denton, Texas, to see how gig workers are fighting for better wor…
DoorDash started a decade after its competitors, but now controls half of the food delivery market in the U.S. What can we learn from the very first order its founders delivered? And how did all these third-party platforms reshape the way we think of food delivery? Ruth and Patrick explore the origins of DoorDash and examine whether the "magic wand…
In the '60s, delivering pizzas meant wrapping hot pies in a blanket or driving them to customers over open flames. With those humble (and, uh, life-threatening) beginnings, how did we get to the quick and easy delivery everyone knows and loves today? From heatproof bags to rotating ovens, Patrick Fort and Ruth Tam investigate how 'big pizza' change…
On a cold November night in 1976, a New York City restaurateur named Misa Chang started sliding delivery menus under her neighbors’ doors for her Chinese restaurant in Manhattan. Chang wasn’t the first to offer delivery, but when delivery gained traction in U.S. cities, Chinese restaurants were often the first to do it. As dishes like chop suey and…
When you really think about it, delivering food from restaurants to homes is kind of strange. Nothing about the process saves money and it doesn't make the food taste any better! And yet, platforms like DoorDash and Grubhub doubled their revenue during the pandemic. So, what's the history of this weird system? Welcome to the latest season of Dish C…
On a new season of Dish City, hosts Patrick Fort and Ruth Tam discover how food delivery became normal in America and ponder if it actually benefits restaurants, couriers and diners during the pandemic.By Patrick Fort, Ruth Tam
On this last episode, we look back on 23 years of joyous, difficult and always informative conversation.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Kojo talks with author Briana Thomas about her book “Black Broadway In Washington D.C.,” and the District’s rich Black history.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Poet, essayist and editor Kevin Young is the second director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. He joins Kojo to talk about his vision for the museum and how it can help us make sense of this moment in history.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Ms. Woodruff joins us to talk about her successful career in broadcasting, how the field of journalism has changed over the decades and why she chose to make D.C. home.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
After almost 90 years of searching, archeologists have uncovered St. Mary's fort, the founding site of the Maryland colony.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
She led the Mystics to 2019 WNBA championship. Hear why she says, "life is more than a game."By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
In times of uncertainty, we look to medical professionals for guidance. Emergency physician and public health expert Dr. Leana Wen joins us — one last time — to share her expertise and answer your essential questions.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) recaps this week's H.R. 51 hearing and tells us what's next for statehood. And Maryland State Sen. Clarence Lam (D-District 12) talks about the state's vaccine rollout and previews the last two weeks of the legislative session.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
The pandemic has changed how the federal government operates, but should those changes remain?By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
The leader of the largest museum complex in the world shares his thoughts on the institution's past, present and future.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Many students have been out of the classroom for more than a year. Kojo talks with local high school students and WAMU education reporter Debbie Truong about what a year of COVID-19 has meant for them.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
A kid from Takoma Park decided she wanted to shine on the big stage when she grew up. Here's how she made it.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
How is the local Asian American community coping in the wake of the tragedy in Georgia? And what can be done to counter racist attacks in Washington and across the country?By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Indivisible's Director of Democracy Policy Meagan Hatcher-Mays tells us why the national organization is making D.C. statehood a priority. And Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks (D) talks about the county's vaccine rollout, loosening COVID-19 restrictions and more.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Special guest José Andrés joins Kojo for a conversation about what this pandemic year has meant to D.C.'s food scene, and what recovery could look like in our region.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
We look back at the tumultuous, trying and unprecedented times of the past year.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
It's been 17 years since Brood X cicadas emerged en masse in the D.C. region. University of Maryland's Michael Raupp, aka The Bug Guy, tells us what to expect.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
With the Cherry Blossoms beginning to bloom, we’re discussing how the flower took root in the District, and its significance in Japanese culture.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
WHOMP! BONK! VRROOOM! Let's talk about comics.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Amazon HQ2 development is underway. What can locals expect as progress continues?By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA, 10th District) talks about the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. And Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro (D-District 4) talks about vaccine equity.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Museums in the District are transferring many of their exhibits and programs online, and it seems to be more accessible for everyone.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates joins us to discuss this moment in history, his Washington roots and what's next for Superman.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show