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Washington in the '80s
WETA Television
Tonight at 9:30pm on TV 26 and WETA HD

Washington in the '80s

It was the decade of Reagan and Barry, the Wall and the Quilt, Go-Go and DC punk, the Air Florida crash and crack, a golden age for local media and sports. Prominent local figures — including Kojo Nnamdi, Joe Gibbs, Maureen Bunyan, Pat Buchanan, and Marion Barry — guide us through the disorderly decade that saw Washington's emergence as a true global capital.

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James Jacobs
Classical WETA
Weekend host

James Jacobs

James Jacobs Classical WETA's Saturday evening host.  His varied career has included performing on programs like A Prairie Home Companion and working as a producer for both recorded programs and concert broadcasts.

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Wild Kratts
Kids
WETA Kids

Wild Kratts

Join Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure, while traveling to animal habitats around the globe. 

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Call Northside 777 -- A Chicago newsman (James Stewart) digs up the story of a scrubwoman's son (Richard Conte) framed for murder. | Photo Credit: APT
WETA Television
Tonight at 10:30pm on TV 26 and WETA HD

The WETA Movie: Call Northside 777

In Henry Hathaway's 1948 drama, a Chicago reporter re-opens a 10-year-old murder case in which a washerwoman's son was framed for the killing. Jimmy Stewart and Richard Conte star.

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"The Paradise" Season 2 cast (Photo: Courtesy of (C) Jonathan Ford/BBC 2013 for MASTERPIECE)
WETA UK
Tonight at 9:00pm on WETA UK

The Paradise, Season 2

Season 2 of The Paradise continues the story of life, love and intrigue in a glamorous Victorian-era department store.

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum/White House
WETA Television
Test your skills against our new trivia quiz!

Quiz: How Well Do You Remember DC in the '80s?

Washington, D.C. in the 1980s had it all — big history, big personalities, big social changes and, perhaps most importantly, big hair. But how well do you really know the decade in which our city came into its own?

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Arlington National Cemetery

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C.P.E. Bach

Listen throughout November on Classical WETA and VivaLaVoce.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum/White House

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Homeless couple at bus stop, 14th and P St. NW, 1986 | Photo Credit: Courtesy of Michael Horsley

Michael Horsley's haunting images

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WETA in the Community

WETA in the Community

WETA in the Community

Our connection to Washington includes educational efforts that reflect and serve our distinctive region.

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Fun Places in DC

Credit: Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo

Fun Places in the D.C. Area

The Washington, D.C. area offers wonderful options for taking children on daytime adventures. 

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Television & Children

Watching TV

Television & Children

Get answers to the many questions parents and educators have about children and television.

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Ready to Learn

Ready to Learn - Clifford

Ready to Learn

WETA Kids' Ready To Learn program offers free literacy workshops, conducted in English and Spanish, throughout the area.

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Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets

ReadingRockets.org looks at how young children learn to read, why so many struggle, and what we can do to help. 

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Local History Blog

Boundary Stones

Boundary Stones

WETA's local history blog uncovers unique stories that have helped shape our community over the years.

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Giveaways

Ticket giveaways

Ticket Giveaways

Local cultural organizations often make free tickets available to WETA listeners, viewers, and members. 

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Community Calendar

WETA Community Calendar

Community Calendar

Looking for something to do around town? Want to get the word out about your group's event? Check out our calendar!

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WETA Special Events

WETA Special Events

WETA Special Events

Join us for a variety of exciting screenings, special appearances, get-togethers and activities.

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Digital Extras

Digital Extras

Digital Extras

Online-only WETA Digital Extras highlight local personalities and stories which make Washington an interesting place to live. 

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What's on Now

5:00AM NOVA
Killer Landslides
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Fire in the Belly
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Quail Gumbo and Dewberry Streusel Pie
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Classical WETA

Franz Schubert

Octet in F Major, D. 803

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VivaLaVoce

Alexander Borodin

Prince Igor

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1969
University of Maryland graduate Jim Henson goes to work on Sesame Street.
WETA UK

WETA UK

Our UK channel offers the best of British television 24 hours a day! 

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Donate Your Vehicle

Donate Your Vehicle

Support WETA by donating your used car, truck, boat or other vehicle.

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