WAMU 88.5 : Podcasts


WAMU 88.5 offers free podcasts of The Diane Rehm Show and its popular Friday News Roundup; The Kojo Nnamdi Show, The Politics Hour, and Tech Tuesdays; Metro Connection, and The Animal House.

NPR also offers podcasts of all of your favorite radio shows heard on WAMU 88.5. Find them through WAMU 88.5's website or NPR's Podcasting Directory.


Podcast FAQ

  • What is a podcast?
    A "podcast" is just another word for an audio or video file. These files, usually in MP3 form, can be downloaded from a website through an automatic "feed." They then can be heard whenever you want, either from your computer or a portable media player. They are comparable to television technology like TiVo, which allows you to watch your favorite shows after they are broadcasted.

  • Are they the same as audio files that have always been available online?
    Podcasts are different from regular audio files, because they are portable and available on demand.

  • What does it mean when I subscribe to a podcast?
    Subscribing to podcasts means that whenever a new episode is available, it will automatically download to your computer. When you subscribe, a few previous episodes will also be available to download.

  • Can I get archives of WAMU 88.5's shows through podcasting? We do not offer podcasts of old shows. Several years of The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and Metro Connection are available for listening online, but not as podcasts.

  • How can I listen to them? To listen to podcasts, you need a program on your computer that supports them, known as “podcatchers.” The most popular is iTunes, but there are dozens of others available to download. All can be found online. Follow downloading instructions specific to your "podcatcher" to get them onto your computer or portable media player.


Kentucky Boy Solves Rubik's Cube In Record Time

A 14-year-old boy from Lexington, Ky., has solved a Rubik's Cube in less than five seconds. As Guinness World Records declares this a record-breaker, we hear how NPR covered a Rubik's Cube competition in 1981.
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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.