True stories that dissolve socio-economic barriers, expose vulnerabilities, and quietly suggest ways to overcome challenges and see with new eyes.
Tina Fey comes to public radio to host The Hidden World of Girls, two new hour-long specials that take us into the secret life of girls and they women they become.
Reveal is an investigative journalism program that examines what governments, businesses and communities are doing behind the scenes, hidden from public view.
Invisibilia explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.
Each month, Climate One presents three conversations
recorded with top thinkers and doers from business,
government, academia and advocacy groups to advance the discussion about
a clean energy future.
This year a radio tradition continues — stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.
WAMU 88.5 and The Kojo Nnamdi Show host a D.C. mayoral debate with Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Carol Schwartz.
Every week, great actors from stage, screen and television bring incredible stories to life on Selected Shorts.
A conversation with Cara De Silva, the editor of In Memory's Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin, a cookbook written by starving women in the Czechoslovakian ghetto/concentration camp of Theresienstadt. Find out how these brave women used their culinary heritage as an act of defiance by talking about food and trading recipes.
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.
In this "America's Test Kitchen" gluten-free special, editorial director Jack Bishop talks about the science of gluten-free cooking, including new tricks discovered in the test kitchen.
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.
In this program, we hear how the color barrier was broken in the space race.
A story of courage and persistence against what seemed at the time like overwhelming odds.
In honor of Black History Month, this program brings to light one family's role in one of the largest mass escapes of slaves in American history.
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.
StoryCorps and WAMU 88.5 are teaming up to record and broadcast the stories of the D.C. region's diverse listening population.
With the disastrous launch of the HealthCare.gov website, critics of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," were given more fuel for the fire. Is this political hot potato's inevitability once again at stake? And is the medical community really on board with the law, or resisting (rewriting?) it from the sidelines?
More than an advocate of racial equality, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a practitioner of peaceful resistance to prejudice, and in this documentary we explore the philosophical and historical roots of King's non-violent movement.
Teenage Diaries Revisited features new diaries from five of the people who let us into their lives 16 years ago.
The Third Coast International Audio Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in a special two-hour program.
The Search for Well Being examines a fascinating new model of health care: integrative medicine.
Host Rob Bamberger brings WAMU 88.5's New Year's Eve tradition to life with six glorious hours of vintage jazz, swing, and big band recordings from the '20s, '30s, and '40s.
A panel discussion hosted by Kavitha Cardoza with a variety of experts in several fields. The experts weigh in on the parallels between modern day New York City and ancient Rome.
Robots that fight fires, cars that drive themselves, clothes that prevent illness the stuff of science fiction novels? Or, are they closer than we think?
This year's Christmas special includes the CBS Radio Workshop story of the carol "Silent Night", the Gunsmoke Christmas program, and many more holiday radio classics.
Classical New England's James David Jacobs goes behind the scenes for Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, uncovering the secrets of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece with conductor Jonathan McPhee, cast members, and the audience at the Boston Opera House. The story - and the music - unfolds as never before in this gripping narrative.
WAMU 88-5 invites you to spend your Christmas Eve with The Big Broadcast starting at 8pm. While you’re sipping cocoa and wrapping gifts, enjoy seasonal programming from the golden age of radio.
NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of first Tinsel Tales program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.
This year a radio tradition continues with stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White and John Henry Faulk -- these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.
This time on America's Test Kitchen, we talk to some of our favorite guests about their happiest holiday memories.
Julia Child takes us back in time, presenting 2 stories – "A Christmas Carol," read by the actor Peter Donat; and "I Was Really Very Hungry," written and performed by M.F.K. Fisher – about an over-the-top French meal.
On this program, three stories are presented that each offer a different side of the Christmas experience, as well as a hilarious poem by humorist Calvin Trillin.
This Thanksgiving special includes the Elgin Thanksgiving Special, Jack Benny, Our Miss Brooks, Cavalcade of America, and Family Theater.
America's Test Kitchen is holding a one-hour Thanksgiving special that will include cooking and food preparation advice for the big feast.
An oral history of Jack Kennedy's life from those who knew him the best, airing Thursday at 9 p.m.
Maya Lin was practically a kid when she got the commission to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. Her minimalistic granite wall was derided by one vet as a "black gash of shame." But inscribed with the name of every fallen soldier, it became a sacred place for veterans and their families.
Tune in at 7 p.m. for a two-hour special wrap-up of the Virginia election! Kojo Nnamdi will host, and guest analyst Tom Sherwood will be on-hand to breakdown who won and who lost — and why.
A Readers' Review conversation about Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," a classic horror tale that has fascinated readers for almost two centuries.
On Halloween night, WAMU 88.5 presents "Frankenstein - Modern Prometheus," a tale of love, death and obsession. Produced by Quicksilver Radio Theater with a score by Tony Award winner Mark Hollmann.
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.
Join WAMU 88.5 and NBC Washington for a live debate between Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli LIVE at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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.
Host Dick Spottswood presents a music special in honor of Labor Day.
WAMU will be carrying President Obama's remarks on Syria Tuesday at 9 p.m.
WAMU will carry coverage of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, including a speech from President Obama from 2 - 4 p.m.
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 has set out to explore how a particular American
city or town creates community, the ways people transcend challenging
circumstances and the vital cultural narratives that give an area its
This hour-long broadcast of Radiolab explores stories about uncovering surprising truths hidden in plain sight.
Guest host John Lithgow raises the curtain on five comic tales, both classic and cutting-edge.
Guest host David Sedaris presents a program of stories by the legendary wit, Dorothy Parker. Parker was the reigning Queen of the Algonquin Roundtable, where writers for the smart magazines of the 1920s and 1930s met for lunch and to skewer each other.
This one-hour "Humankind" documentary features retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
The Supreme Court is finishing its year with rulings on three major cases. Join us at 9 p.m. for a one hour discussion on the rulings.
In honor of Father's Day, this show features stories of paternal praise, pride, disappointment, and love.
"To the Best of Our Knowledge" is a program that cracks open the world and the ideas that fuel its engine.
Hidden Kitchens heard on Morning Edition, explores the world of secret, unexpected, below the radar cooking across America.
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.
Live special coverage from WBUR 90.9 in Boston on the latest developments in the Boston Marathon bombings, hosted by Deborah Becker.
"Wits," a live public radio program, brings comedians, actors and musicians to the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater.
WAMU 88.5 presents an Irish music special in recognition of St. Patrick's Day, hosted by Dick Spottswood.
"Life in 2030," a one-hour special from The Engineers of the New Millennium, explores the latest advances in science and technology.
In this episode of the Diet-Climate Connection, a public health expert explains the global warming impact of our personal food choices.
In this Black History Month special, Maya Angelou offers a unique, poetic and historical portrait of iconic African Americans such as Oprah Winfrey, Kofi Annan, Jennifer Hudson, Regina Taylor and Alicia Keys.
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was a successful prize fighter who was exonerated for murder after spending nearly two decades in prison. His memoir tells the story of emerging not only from physical incarceration, but also an emotional prison.
NPR will provide live coverage of President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address.
Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress Alfre Woodard hosts this richly-produced and deeply-layered special that resonates for Black History Month.
Lean & Hungry Theater presents a Spanish-infused adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew."
How did Martin Luther King Jr. come to be one of the great voices of the 20th century? Two women who knew the man weigh in.
For the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, NPR will be providing live coverage and commentary.
Celebrate the New Year with Ed Walker and the Big Broadcast.
Hot Jazz Host Rob Bamberger brings WAMU’s New Year’s Eve tradition to life with six glorious hours of vintage jazz, swing, and big band recordings from the '20s, '30s, and '40s.
WAMU 88.5 will air special coverage of President Obama's remarks on fiscal cliff negotiations this afternoon instead of Tell Me More.
WAMU 88.5 will air special coverage at 3 p.m. of the fiscal cliff talks between President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders.
Hosted for the last 19 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples.
WAMU 88.5 continues The Big Broadcast: Holiday Recollections Christmas night tradition.
During Yuletide, Holmes and Watson face several Dickensian Londoners, a dusty hat, a famous gem and a goose. We’ll hear one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s rare comic tales.
Hearing Voices offers a variety of Christmas songs from around the world.
Paul Sexton has been interviewing legendy rock band The Rolling Stones for decades, and he pulls some of his favorite highlights.
From the novella by Charles Dickens, WAMU 88.5 presents "A Christmas Carol (A Ghost Story for Christmas)."
A portrait is drawn of Sir Paul McCartney, from the breakup of The Beatles through the present.
The legacy of Liverpool never left The Beatles, even years after they left.
These programs feature collections of the best and most requested holiday stories from NPR voices past and present, such as David Sedaris, Bailey White and John Henry Faulk.
WAMU 88.5 invites listeners to spend Christmas Eve with The Big Broadcast starting at 8 p.m.
WAMU 88.5 brings another collection of NPR’S most requested holiday stories in Tinsel Tales 2.
This American Life's "Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special" is a seasonal pick-me-up of holiday humor featuring comedians Wyatt Cenac, Mike Birbiglia, Julian McCullough, Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman and Edith Zimmerman.
President Obama is scheduled to travel to Newtown, Conn. to join families and friends at an interfaith vigil at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show.
Join Ed Walker for a special Thanksgiving edition of the The Big Broadcast.
Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of "The Splendid Table," will be available to answer listener questions for a live, two-hour Thanksgiving special.
In this special segment of The Diane Rehm Show, we'll discuss why a growing number of teens are living on the streets.
This award-winning show features stories of 2 queer kids abandoned by their parents to the streets.
This award-winning show features stories of two kids abandoned by their parents to the streets. One story profiles the the life of a young, black lesbian living on the streets of Portland, Oregon. The other story is about a counselor and an HIV positive homeless gay men in Phoenix, Arizona.
Radio host Chuck Wolfe talks with a father-daughter volunteering team who work to bring homeless veterans in off the streets and find them meaningful employment.
A special featuring all the hip-shakin', finger-snappin' Halloween music you can handle.
We air the third presidential debate between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in its entirety Oct. 22.
Former Sen. and Democratic Presidential candidate George McGovern died Sunday at the age of 90. Diane Rehm spoke with the late Senator last year.
This special two-hour edition of BURN will feature stories about how the power of one person can affect the nation's search for greater energy independence.
We air the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in its entirety Oct. 16.
We will air the vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and the challenger, Rep. Paul Ryan, in its entirety, Oct. 11 starting at 9 p.m.
Legendary singer Andy Williams died Tuesday at the age of 84. We remember him in a 2009 interview with Diane Rehm.
WAMU's Bluegrass Country presents "The DC - Nashville Connection," on WAMU 88.5, Sunday, Sept. 23.
“The Diet-Climate Connection,” examines how our food choices affect our living environment and planet.
WAMU will carry NPR's live coverage every day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. from Sept. 4-6.
WAMU will carry NPR's live coverage every day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. from Aug. 27-30.
WNYC's Brian Lehrer previews each night of the GOP convention, with special analysts, including WAMU reporters.
Do you really know what Democracy means? From The Velvet Revolution to the Arab Spring, it means more than just voting.
One of America's most famous composers, Marvin Hamlisch, passed Monday at the age of 68. In this 2004 interview, the Emmy, Grammy and Tony-award winner speaks with Diane Rehm in 2004 about his career.
Go For It: Life Lessons from Girl Boxers, is a one hour special that tells the story of women for whom boxing is an expression of ambition, drive, strength and – yes – aggression, qualities often admired in men and sometimes discouraged in women.
Gore Vidal, the talented novelist, playwright, historian and all around iconoclast, died at the age of 86. In his honor, WAMU is rebroadcasting an interview he did with Kojo Nnamdi in 2000.
Guest host Steve Roberts interviewed Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, in 2010. Ride died Monday at the age of 61.
This hour long program, hosted by WAMU Bluegrass Country's Dick Spottswood, celebrates the life and legacy of Doc Watson and his music.
WAMU 88.5 remembers Tom "Cat" Reeder, a host on Bluegrass Country 105.5 who passed away Saturday June 30 at the age of 77.
At 9 p.m., NPR hosts an hour-long evening wrap program on the Supreme Court decision on the landmark health care law.
Dozens of teachers joined WAMU host Matt McCleskey for a town hall discussion about the D.C. region's drop-out crisis.
"Ask Me Another" is a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music.
Host Sam Litzinger and archivist Jeff Place pay homage to American roots music legend Doc Watson, who died Tuesday.
Tonight at 9, we present a special rebroadcast of The Diane Rehm Show, featuring an 1991 interview with renowned children's author Maurice Sendak, who has died at age 83.
In a special one-hour documentary, WAMU 88.5 News follows one of the lowest-performing schools in the District as it struggles to improve.
KALW teamed up with a group of eight students from Mills College to look into the forces driving kids out of school in Oakland. These student reporters spent months in the schools the result is this documentary.
President Barack Obama will make a live address to the nation from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama Bin Laden.
American RadioWorks is the highly-esteemed national documentary unit of American Public Media.
The people of West Virginia fight back against Big Coal and their attempts to destroy their homes in places slated for "mountaintop removal."
What became of all the oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago?
In an interview from 2005, Diane Rehm spoke with legendary journalist Mike Wallace about his life, work, and career highlights.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about the constitutionality of the Affordable Healthcare Act.
The Intelligence Square team takes on China's approach to capitalism in the latest installment of its Oxford-style debates.
From being called "Osama" in a Boston classroom, to looking at whether bullying prevention programs really work in Anchorage, youth producers from around the globe help show what many don’t we understand – but need to – about bullying.
Following the one-hour radio play, we hear a post-performance discussion, taped in front of an live audience.
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.
NPR will have coverage of the Republican primaries on Super Tuesday, supplemented by local reports from WAMU News reporters.
NPR will be reporting live from the Arizona and Michigan Republican presidential primaries on Tuesday, February 28.
Soundprint is "the aural equivalent of photojournalism," a show that engages the listener's mind, imagination and heart.
The Boxcars, Sierra Hull and Highway 111 will be headlining the two-day DC Bluegrass Festival. The event features a band competition Friday night, and a full day of instrument workshops, jamming and more on Saturday.
This documentary tells the story of a suburban high school with lots of
resources and a diverse student body that is struggling to close the
minority achievement gap.
In honor of beloved WAMU 88.5 host Jerry Gray, who passed away last week, we have a special tribute featuring excerpts from his shows and tributes from WAMU personalities.
We'll examine how the civil rights movement prevailed against hateful opposition in Mississippi.
Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish will co-host NPR's coverage of the Florida presidential primary
Melissa Block will host live as President Obama delivers his last State of the Union before facing the 2012 president re-election campaign.
On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a landmark speech from the pulpit of Riverside Church in New York -- one year before he would be assassinated. Listen to the speech that had him roundly condemned -- by the mainstream press, by other civil rights activists, and by President Lyndon Johnson.
Levitt and Dubner Freakonomics is a radio show spin-off of their popular book about cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, self-dealing Realtors, and other seeming economic absurdities. This program runs from Jan. 15 through Feb. 11.
Melissa Block will host the New Hampshire presidential primary special featuring candidate speeches, newsmaker interviews, and expert analysis.
New Hampshire Public Radio is offering live coverage of the New Hampshire presidential primary.
An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night from coast to coast, with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations and contributing something new to the musical feast.
Documentary winners of the 11th annual TC / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation competition, demonstrate just how powerful radio storytelling can be.
A year-end edition of Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me that highlights the highlights (and low-lights) of 2011. Featuring special guests, including award-winning writer Neil Gaiman.
Happy Kwanzaa! "A Season's Griot" is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program.
Join Ed Walker as he hosts a holiday special, featuring classic, Christmas-themed programming.
From the novella by Charles Dickens, we present Charles Dickens' classic “A Christmas Carol.”
WAMU 88-5 invites you to spend your Christmas Eve with The Big Broadcast starting at 8 p.m.
Jenn Hitt, host of Capital Americana on Bluegrass County, presents an hour of acoustic-focused seasonal musical celebration featuring songs of snow and light from a variety of musical disciplines.
Why is play so important, regardless of where we grow up?
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.
Listen to some of the most important figures in WAMU 88.5 history describe its growth from a station of two people into the vibrant news and education resource it is today.
Bringing Oxford-style debates to New York City, Intelligence Squared presents debates on a variety of provocative topics.
This month's unemployment report is arguably the most important of the year. What does it mean for those hoping to work?
Latitudes is an hour-long radio show that takes you into the lives of everyday people around the world. The stories are unexpected, rich in sound and riveting to hear -- they engage the intellect, the conscience and the imagination. They feature people who are finding constructive solutions to some of life’s toughest challenges.
President Obama will address a joint session of Congress to talk about the economy and his jobs creation plan.
Diane Rehm talks with Sheila Bair, who recently stepped down as chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Reflecting on the tumultuous period she served, Bair said the FDIC's job is "to protect bank customers, not banks."
We Remember takes an intimate look at lives forever changed by the attacks on 9/11.
Voices From Afghanistan is an hour-long special marking a
decade of U.S. troop engagement in Afghanistan. The program offers
snapshots of life in Afghanistan today and looks forward to the future.
People from the U.S. and Afghanistan participate in a candid conversation about how our world has changed since 9/11.
A first-person oral history of the September 11th attack on the
Weekend Edition captures the days events that transformed our world a decade ago.
What's it like to be the only Muslim in the only U.S. town named after an Arab Muslim?
A special Labor Day edition of The Dick Spottswood Show, WAMU's weekly bluegrass show on Bluegrass Country.
With sounds from the street, eyewitnesses and news reports, this program features actualities from that morning mixed with music. Remix
also contains 2001 year-end commentary from various eyewitnesses who wondered about the future.
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.
Get your original idea heard by policy makers and influencers on Capitol Hill. The Big Fix provides a forum for people to present their new domestic policy ideas to big thinkers of different political backgrounds.