Search form

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.

See all broadcast times →

 

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

To watch all WETA Neighborhoods videos visit our video portal.

Scene from WETA Neighborhoods

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.

Watch now →
Scene from WETA Neighborhoods

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.

Watch now →
Scene from WETA Neighborhoods

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.

Watch now →
Scene from WETA Neighborhoods

Bump 'n Grind Cafe

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

Watch now →
Scene from WETA Neighborhoods

Georgetown's Blues Alley

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

Watch now →

Clips from Previous Seasons

Art on the Avenue

Art on the Avenue

The annual Del Ray Art on the Avenue festival showcases the work of more than 300 artisans and craftspeople. In this segment, artists and residents talk about their culturally rich neighborhood.

Watch now →
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.

Watch now →
Railroad Ties

Railroad Ties

In the 1890s, Del Ray became the home of the first interurban streetcar in the United States. Today, the Mount Vernon Community School honors the community's past by displaying a red caboose on its grounds.

Watch now →
Ben's Chili Bowl

Ben's Chili Bowl

Since 1958, Ben's Chili Bowl has been delighting residents with halfsmokes, burgers and, of course, chili. Owners Ben and Virginia Ali show us how life at the Chili Bowl has changed, decade by decade, since the 1950s.

Watch now →
La Comunidad Latina

La Comunidad Latina

Historically home to a small concentration of Latino residents, Adams Morgan's Spanish-speaking population exploded in the 1980s. WETA explores how Adams Morgan has become the center of the Latino community in the District.

Watch now →
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.

Watch now →
Shepherd Park Homes

Shepherd Park Homes

A stroll down Shepherd Park's streets reveals an unusually diverse architectural mixture of homes. WETA takes viewers on a tour of the Colonials, Tutors and Sears catalogue homes in the neighborhood, and shows how these different styles came together.

Watch now →

Connect with WETA

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest