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WETA Neighborhoods

WETA Neighborhoods

From secret histories to off-the-beaten path landmarks, WETA Neighborhoods reveals the lesser-known aspects of our favorite greater Washington surroundings. The one-hour special highlights four neighborhoods bursting with personality and stories: Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill, and Anacostia.

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In Georgetown, visit the hangout where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie; delve into Georgetown's origins as a center of the African-American community; and find out about the neighborhood's clandestine past as a center of spy craft. 

In Dupont Circle, go underground as a long abandoned street car station gets new life; sample one of the country's leading farmers' markets, and meet culinary pioneers of the farm-to-table movement.

On Capitol Hill, follow the chef into the kitchen at one of the country's hottest restaurants; discover the hidden alleys that now serve as gateways to the tiny house movement; meet a community leader so beloved he has a street —  and a parade — named after him.   

In Anacostia, get a behind-the-scenes look at a Daytime-Emmy Award-winning web soap opera that is putting this neighborhood on the map; venture into the urban backwoods with a dedicated photographer who is helping the polluted river make a comeback; and meet an artist who is inspiring the next generation to participate in the neighborhood's flourishing arts scene.

These and other stories go behind the scenes to highlight the people and places that make greater Washington's neighborhoods notable and unique.

 

 

Recent Clips

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Nature Fest

Nature Fest is a week long celebration of nature in Anacostia's Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Over 100 students visit the park in Anacostia and get up-close with frogs, turtles, butterflies and more in a way that isn't possible elsewhere in the city.

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Kramerbooks

Since opening in 1976, Dupont Circle’s popular bookstore-café has weathered both the rise of the e-book and a subpoena from a special prosecutor, and it still serves as one of the neighborhood’s most popular meeting spots.

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Capitol Hill's Fridge Gallery

In an alley off Capitol Hill's Barracks Row, a warehouse-turned-art gallery displays the work of D.C.’s street artists.

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Bump 'n Grind Cafe

A boutique cafe and vinyl shop that hosts community events on a regular basis, including Flutterby: Stories about Sound.

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Georgetown's Blues Alley

Blues Alley, the nation's oldest jazz dinner club, seeks to foster the next generation of jazz musicians.

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Clips from Previous Seasons

Chess University

Chess University

In Dupont Circle, you'll discover the hub of the city's chess community, where lively games have been played by people of all walks of life since 1968.

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Life Pieces to Masterpieces

Life Pieces to Masterpieces

Every day after school, boys and young men living in Anacostia's low-income and public housing produce some of the city's most unique art. WETA visits the Life Pieces to Masterpieces program in Lincoln Heights and shows how it is helping young people turn their challenges into possibilities through artistic expression.

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Fish Market

Fish Market

A Washington, D.C., institution for more than 200 years, the Maine Avenue Fish Wharf is as historic as it is lively. WETA visits this bustling market to uncover the historic charm and the current cast of characters that makes the wharf a favorite stop for tourists and locals alike.

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Murals

Murals

It all began in the 1970s with two Chilean immigrants who painted a mural in Adams Morgan expressing the struggles of the Latino community. WETA visits Adams Morgan's large and colorful collection of murals and introduces some of its artists.

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History of Dupont Circle

History of Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle is one of the most vibrant areas of Washington, D.C. Learn about this metropolitan area, which began with Pierre L'Enfant's vision of a grand and distinguished city.

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Artist Carlton Fletcher

Artist Carlton Fletcher

See how resident artist and historian Carlton Fletcher paints images of the Glover Park neighborhood with both his brushes and words.

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Local Pages

Local Pages

John Rouse knows a lot about Bowie, Maryland. As editor and general manager of the local newspaper, "The Bowie Blade News," it's his job to know what's going on in this town. John gives us the "newspaperman's" view of the town he's called home for the last 35 years.

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