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Best WAMU 88.5 podcasts we could find (updated November 2019)
Best WAMU 88.5 podcasts we could find
Updated November 2019
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The Kojo Nnamdi Show is a daily talk show — a meeting space for curious Washingtonians to make sense of the communities where they live and work. We'll introduce you to the people shaping the present and future of the region, tap into fascinating local stories, explore overlooked local history, and meet up-and-coming talent from around the region.
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.
Sorting political fact from fiction, and having fun while we're at it. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
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 metro@wamu.org.
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D.C. Councilmember Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) on his re-election campaign and Jack Evans; Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker on the county's new economic development platform, racial equity proposals and widening the American Legion Bridge.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
D.C. Councilmember Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) on his re-election campaign and Jack Evans; Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker on the county's new economic development platform, racial equity proposals and widening the American Legion Bridge.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Diane talks with Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, author of "Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide."By Diane Rehm
It's been two years since an unarmed man, 25-year-old Bijan Ghaisar, was shot and killed by police in Fairfax County. Kojo sits down with Bijan's family to discuss their quest for answers.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Salisbury University is reeling after four separate incidents of racist, sexually aggressive graffiti discovered in an academic hall.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Gifting, exchanging, and bartering are on the rise.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Researchers examined the economic outcomes of more than three million Americans, and they found that people who grew up in walkable areas were more likely to be able to move from the bottom to the top of the income spectrum.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
What does it take to be a volunteer firefighter or EMT? And, what challenges do volunteer fire departments face? We'll sit down with volunteer fire department and rescue squad leaders from Virginia and Maryland.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Experts are alarmed by increasing rates in children as young as 10.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Under Pearson, the number of charter schools in the District doubled. But questions about that growth, and the schools' transparency, persist.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
A conversation with billionaire businessman David Rubenstein about "patriotic philanthropy" and why he launched a series of history lessons for U.S. lawmakers.By Diane Rehm
Man's best friend doesn't begin to cover what therapeutic service dogs can provide for people with post-traumatic stress disorder.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
From flipping off the President to flipping control of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
A career retrospective with Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova. Plus, D.C. Councilmember Anita Bonds dives into the affordable housing debate.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
With the impeachment inquiry set to enter a public phase, a look at the Democrats’ strategy and Congressman Adam Schiff, who has become the face of the investigation.By Diane Rehm
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem reflects on more than five decades of fighting for women’s rights and why today she feels both angry and hopeful.By Diane Rehm
Charles Allen sits down with Marc Fisher and Tom to talk about public safety, hate crimes, and D.C. statehood. Plus, Clarence Lam weighs in on school redistricting in Howard County.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
A divided House votes to formalize the impeachment inquiry, marking a shift to a more public phase of the investigation.By Diane Rehm
In her new book, New York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins goes back centuries to find out how and why our views of older women have changed.By Diane Rehm
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joins us to talk about the city's plan to ramp up housing, the latest with the Arts Commission and the city's big sports wins.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
What revelations in the impeachment inquiry say about the state of U.S. diplomacy – and why one veteran diplomat sees echoes of the McCarthy era.By Diane Rehm
Steve Descano, the Democratic nominee for Fairfax County's Commonwealth's Attorney, on the upcoming election; Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass (D-At Large) on his bill that would tax "teardown" homes.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Key witnesses defy White House orders and provide closed-door testimony to Congress.By Diane Rehm
An oncologist on the human cost to treating cancer and why she believes we need to re-think how to fight the disease.By Diane Rehm
Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Jack Wilson looks ahead to the November 5 elections. Montgomery County Councilmember Gabe Albornoz discusses vaping, the CROWN Act and more.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Political scientist Rachel Bitecofer previews the upcoming Virginia elections, and D.C. Councilmember Elissa Silverman talks about a proposed amendment to the First Source law and the latest with D.C. Council.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
A live update from the D.C. Climate Strike. Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker on the latest MoCo bills. Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly on the D.C. statehood hearings.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine on construction companies' labor violations, school residency fraud and more. Plus, Bo Shuff from D.C. Vote on grassroot efforts for D.C. statehood.By The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Metro is taking disciplinary action against half its track inspection department. Late-night trains will not return until July 2019 at the earliest. Will the new year usher in a season of festivity and goodwill to all riders?By Martin Di Caro
WAMU's Martin DiCaro commutes with Metro's GM; we talk with a transportation expert about the impact of the rail system's impending hour cutbacks.By Martin Di Caro
On this week's podcast, we talk Metro's steps toward reducing service hours, a Silver Line throwdown and Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld's first year on the job.By Martin Di Caro
Red Line commuters can be thankful that the 10th SafeTrack surge is winding down. But the month-long rehab project, which shut down service along Fort Totten and NoMa/Gallaudet, highlighted how disruptions in a small corner of the system can have dramatic impacts on daily commutes.By Martin Di Caro
The president-elect's promise to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure improvements is emerging as one of the least divisive aspects of his agenda, at least at this early stage. Will the Republican-controlled Congress go along with it? And would any of the money help WMATA?By Martin Di Caro
Buckle your seatbelts, because where we’re going, there are no roads (or single-tracking). We consider two potential scenarios for Metro in the years ahead.By Martin Di Caro
Want to hear something really scary? Metro’s 10th SafeTrack surge is hitting its most heavily trafficked artery, shutting down two stations on the Red Line between Fort Totten and NoMa/Gallaudet. We take a horrific bus bridge on the first weekday of the surge — and we explore the hidden force behind Metro: electricity.…
Permanently ending late-night service. Temporary shutting down stations with low ridership. Many of the ideas for fixing Metro’s ills raise questions of fairness: Are the burdens of the SafeTrack era falling too heavily on lower-income communities? We ride the rails with Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia to discuss those issues and more.…
When it comes to Metro politics, the most important thing isn’t party lines — it’s regional lines. We talk to a WMATA board member from Prince George’s County about the view from the east side of the region, and we look at where Virginia, Maryland and D.C. leaders stand on a key question: How can Metro get an infusion of funding?…
Why are there so few seats on Metro platforms? How did D.C. home-rule advocates impact the historical trajectory of the rail system? Why are there only two tracks in Metro tunnels? Zachary Schrag, author of The Great Society Subway, joins us for a live recording at Kramerbooks in D.C.By Martin Di Caro
As playoff baseball returns to Washington, D.C., thousands of Nationals fans could face a choice: Stay for the end of a game, or leave early to catch the right Green Line train? Also, we discuss the acute misery of Blue Line riders: New data suggest their Metrorail experience is the worst in the system.…
More than a decade ago, a top Metro official warned of the potential for a "death spiral" involving a confluence of maintenance problems, budget pressures and rider dissatisfaction. Chris Zimmerman was on WMATA's board at the time, and he explains why those warnings went unheeded. We also ask three Metropocalypse listeners about their experienc ...…
WMATA regularly gives itself a report card called Vital Signs, and the latest has some good news about railcar reliability, but bad news about on-time performance. We also discuss what Metro riders really want, and whether the U.S. has the desire and will to build high-speed maglev rail lines.By Martin Di Caro
We talk to Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans about what he wants to see as the transit agency tries to fix its infrastructure and its culture. We also hear more from the man in the middle of it all, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld. And who's that coming from the train speakers? Nina Totenberg?By Martin Di Caro
We walk through all the ways Metro is having a bad summer with Politico's Lauren Gardner, Greater Greater Washington's David Alpert and members of the Metropocalypse Facebook group. There's also bonus appearances from public radio luminaries.By Martin Di Caro
Next time you're in an underground Metro station, look up and around. Are you in a calming streetscape setting? Or does it feel more like an interstellar battle station? Historian Zachary Schrag discusses the architects’ original intent.By Martin Di Caro
As the bad news keeps coming for WMATA, we've been thinking about how Metro's woes compare with those of older systems. Kate Hinds, who covers transportation for WNYC in New York, reminds us that every city's subway has its strengths and weaknesses.By Martin Di Caro
Rep. Barbara Comstock discusses how changing the pay structure for Metro's unionized workers could help the transit agency close up some of its budgetary holes. And Jackie Jeter, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, offers a counterpoint from the perspective or organized labor.By Lauren Gardner
Why is the air conditioning so bad on some Metro cars? And what, exactly, is happening out on the Orange Line tracks during SafeTrack surge No. 5? Martin Di Caro goes looking for answers.By Martin Di Caro
Martin Di Caro and guest co-host Lauren Gardner of Politico take a bus bridge with Rep. Don Beyer and encounter a bottleneck along U.S. 1. Come for the conversation about politics and policy — stay for the impressions of Robert Duvall and Marlon Brando.By Lauren Gardner
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