This program ponders the "why" behind humans' drive to pair up. Why do human beings feel romantic love? What happens to the brains of people who are in love? How can scientifically studying love help us navigate our relationships? A fascinating cast of characters tackles these questions head-on.
What drives us to be greedy one day and giving the next? This program explores the mysteries of cooperation, collaboration and altruism. When do we choose to give? When do we choose to look out for number one?
Music can make us run faster, learn better, buy more, recover from surgery sooner, even live longer. Music can move us to new spiritual heights or steel our hearts for battle. If music is a human universal, why do people from different cultures experience the same music differently?
Host Kojo Nnamdi breaks down the latest election results live in-studio and provides analysis with the help of special guest Mark Plotkin. The WAMU 88.5 news team will be on the ground at the Board of Elections and the candidate's campaign headquarters to provide real-time election updates.
Latino USA examines the notion of control, who has it, and how we lose it. First, we hear from Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. Then, Pilar Marrero of La Opinión joins us to analyze the GOP's immigration platform. We revisit the history of the IUD and ask teens about how they use condoms. We learn about Crisis Pregnancy Centers. We hear from D.C.'s Health and Human Services director, and discuss whether it's even useful to call out racists on Twitter. And Maria Hinojosa reveals her own story of loss, decision, and empowerment.
Host Chris Teskey explores the rich tradition of the Irish music scene in our Nation's Capital. The discussion ranges from historic venues like The Dubliner and Kelley's Irish Times, to the various instruments employed by these traditional artists. Featuring interviews and in-studio performances from Skylark, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Toss the Feathers, and Lilt.
A story of courage and persistence against what seemed at the time like overwhelming odds.
Paul Ingles hosts The Beatles in America - 1964 and takes listeners back to when The Beatles and America first got to know one another.
In this documentary, WAMU 88.5 explores the legacy of the crack era and how D.C. continues to grapple with an epidemic that affected families, neighborhoods, politicians, policemen, and schools.
Pete Seeger is the dean of 20th century folk singers. He performed and lent his energies to causes he believed in for more than 60 years. Stories from Jeff Place and newly digitized interviews with Pete and musicians who knew him lend a rich perspective to his life and music.
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address. NPR will offer live anchored special coverage starting at 9pm with Robert Siegel hosting.
President Barack Obama is speaking today about the results of the administration's review of US electronic intelligence gathering.
Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show.
This Thanksgiving special includes the Elgin Thanksgiving Special, Jack Benny, Our Miss Brooks, Cavalcade of America, and Family Theater.
With a unique mix of emerging and heritage contemporary musicians, XPoNential serves up an eclectic blend of blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country music.
For two hours every weekday, All Things Considered hosts Robert Siegel, Audie Cornish and Melissa Block present the program's trademark mix of news, interviews, commentaries, reviews and offbeat features.
Reveal is an investigative journalism program that examines what governments, businesses and communities are doing behind the scenes, hidden from public view.
Freakonomics Radio is hosted by Stephen Dubner, with co-author Steve Levitt as a regular guest. Levitt and Dubner use the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior. They tell stories about cheating schoolteachers, self-dealing real-estate agents, and crack-selling mama’s boys.
Breaking Ground is a documentary series hosted by Kavitha Cardoza dedicated to making the invisible visible.
This program explores how the GED is changing and what those changes mean for millions of Americans being left behind by our changing economy.
For more than 30 years, composer and pianist Marian McPartland brought jazz into the homes of public radio listeners through her interviews and duets with some of the greatest musicians in the world.
State of the Re:Union takes a closer look at school, community, and the drop out crisis in the United States.
This hour-long broadcast of Radiolab explores stories about uncovering surprising truths hidden in plain sight.
Host Marco Werman take an in-depth look at the international news agenda and the issues behind the headlines from BBC correspondents across the world.
Radiolab is a show where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries between science, philosophy and human experience are blurred.
Bringing Oxford-style debates to New York City, Intelligence Squared presents debates on a variety of provocative topics.
WAMU will observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings at 2:50 p.m. ET Monday, exactly a week after the attack.
NPR will provide live coverage of President Barack Obama's statement on proposed cuts to federal spending.
WAMU 88.5 will air special coverage of President Obama's remarks on fiscal cliff negotiations this afternoon instead of Tell Me More.
Lean & Hungry Theater is a non-profit educational radio drama company. Drawing primarily on the works of William Shakespeare, Lean & Hungry
provides adaptations of classic dramatic works to underserved areas, in
established or improvised venues.
Ira Flatow hosts this science-focused call-in show every Friday afternoon.
In this special segment of The Diane Rehm Show, we'll discuss why a growing number of teens are living on the streets.
Legendary singer Andy Williams died Tuesday at the age of 84. We remember him in a 2009 interview with Diane Rehm.
With a unique mix of emerging and heritage contemporary musicians, XPoNential serves up an eclectic blend of blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.
"Ask Me Another" is a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music.
TED Radio Hour, a new program from NPR and TED, is a journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create.
A one-year anniversary special for broadcast March 11, 2012 examines the future of nuclear power after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan.
The one-hour daily flagship program that, seven days a week, provides the latest news and interviews with newsmakers, eyewitnesses, correspondents, and analysts. Offering the best BBC reportage and features, debate and discussion, it's global in reach, authoritative in style.
We provide full NPR Coverage of the South Carolina primaries.
WAMU 88-5 invites you to spend your Christmas Eve with The Big Broadcast starting at 8 p.m.
We'll carry BBC coverage of unfolding events in Libya surrounding the alleged capture and killing of former President Muammar Gadhafi.
Global Perspective is an international documentary series produced in cooperation with broadcasters from around the world: BBC World Service, Australian Broadcast Corporation, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, RTE (Ireland), Radio Television Hong Kong, Radio New Zealand, and SAFM Radio South Africa.