What's With Washington The D.C. area is full of characters and curiosities, and you've got questions. Join host Mikaela Lefrak & a team of roving local reporters as they explore the DMV to find the answers.
What's With Washington

What's With Washington

From WAMU 88.5

The D.C. area is full of characters and curiosities, and you've got questions. Join host Mikaela Lefrak & a team of roving local reporters as they explore the DMV to find the answers.

Most Recent Episodes

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. 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.

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.

D.C.'s Buildings Have Peaked: The Height Rule, Explained

What's with the height limit on D.C. buildings? And if there were no limit, would the city be more affordable? Mikaela Lefrak gets a view from the top...of the Washington National Cathedral! Then, WAMU's chief zoning nerd Martin Austermuhle shares the history of this complicated rule and how it impacts affordable housing in the District. You're invited to our live event on January 28th at NPR Headquarters! For more information and tickets, visit wamu.org/events. 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.

Will Amazon Change D.C.'s Dating Scene?

Stymied by dating in the District, a listener wonders if her chances will improve when Amazon brings new jobs — and perhaps an influx of dating prospects — to the DMV. Business and Development reporter Ally Schweitzer speculates about whether the gender ratio will change and Mikaela phones a friend in Seattle to understand how Amazon has changed the other Washington. 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. Take our listener survey: whatswith.org/survey

Bad Suits And Bold Dresses: Inside Washingtonians' Fashion Choices

Not everyone in D.C. is a white collar square, but nonetheless, ill-fitting navy suits and Ann Taylor Loft dresses are what come to mind when you imagine a "D.C. uniform." Where does this stereotype come from, and is it even true? Mikaela Lefrak and 1A producer Jonquilyn Hill hit the streets to check out local fashion and figure out if D.C.'s retail clothing game has hit a ceiling. 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.

Peas, Yes; Pineapples, No: D.C.'s Local Produce Scene, Explored

What does it mean to "buy seasonal" in the D.C. area? A listener seeks a guide to the region's local produce, and to answer, reporter Esther Ciammachilli takes us on a tour of the region's agricultural economy, from a Virginia farm to a D.C. restaurant that uses only ingredients they can buy directly from farmers. 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.

The Georgetown Metro Myth

As far as neighborhoods go, Georgetown has a bad rap...for public transit. The usual refrain? Georgetown residents didn't want a Metro station because they thought it would introduce crime to their community. Transportation reporter Jordan Pascale takes several field trips and joins Mikaela to explain the REAL reasons why Georgetown has no Metro station. 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.

Virginia Is For (Ham) Lovers, And Other Iconic Foods From The Washington Region

A listener asks whether D.C. has any "iconic" foods — since Maryland's got the blue crab and Virginia has ham. Dish City hosts Ruth Tam and Patrick Fort join Mikaela to deconstruct the idea that our city has no iconic foods. Then, the group shares some crabs and learns why the ham is so important to the state of Virginia. You can learn more about D.C.'s foods on Dish City, available wherever you get your podcasts. 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.

Virginia Is For (Ham) Lovers, And Other Iconic Foods From The Washington Region

How Go-Go Became D.C.'s Unofficial Soundtrack

As a musical genre, go-go is hard to capture with words. But walking through D.C., its beats are instantly recognizable. Mikaela and All Things Considered Host Jonathan Wilson dig into go-go's history and legacy, and DCist Senior Editor Rachel Kurzius talks about recent efforts to suppress go-go and the resounding "nope" that is the Don't Mute D.C. movement. Bonus: We head to the go-go to check out W.H.A.T. Band. 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. Songs in this episode: "Mr. Magic" by Chuck Brown "Da Butt" by Experience Unlimited "Bouncin' Around" by Sirius Company "Hello" (Adele Cover) by Backyard Band

Watergate Salad Is Made Of What?! What A Retro Dessert Can Teach Us About D.C.'s Past

Despite its name, this once-popular dessert doesn't include a single vegetable. It does, however, share its name with one of D.C.'s most famous buildings. In this mini episode, Mikaela and editor Gabe Bullard dive into the retro delicacy's history and explore how it got its distinctive name. There's also a taste test (beware: mouth sounds abound). Season 2 launches October 29. To submit a question, visit wamu.org/whatswith. The What's With Washington podcast is made possible by our listeners. To support the show, visit wamu.org/donate/.

Watergate Salad Is Made Of What?! What A Retro Dessert Can Teach Us About D.C.'s Past

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