The Newcomer's Guide to Washington

Series produced by Rebecca Sheir

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Deciphering D.C. - one mystery at a time.

When Rebecca Sheir moved to Washington, D.C., she found herself asking all sorts of questions about her new home. Questions many newcomers no doubt ask... and many long-timers no doubt think they can answer. In this exciting, surprising, sound-rich series, we get to the bottom of some of these local mysteries and myths.


7 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Secret signs... hidden profiles... underground stalactites... This is not your 8th-grade tour of D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial.

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2010
  • Length: 06:58
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Georgetown is one of Washington, D.C.'s most storied neighborhoods - but not all of those stories are true...

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: 06:45
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Paris has its Parisians, Boston its Bostonians. What does it take to be/become a Washingtonian?

  • Added: May 18, 2010
  • Length: 07:04
Caption: Why is the WaMo three different colors?, Credit: Rebecca Sheir
Think you know why the White House flag is flying, and the Washington Monument is tri-colored? Then you might want to think again.

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2010
  • Length: 05:47
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Getting to the bottom of why Washington, D.C.'s building tops... are so low.

  • Added: Feb 08, 2010
  • Length: 03:27
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Getting to the bottom of why Washington, D.C.'s building tops... are so low.

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  • Added: Jan 25, 2010
  • Length: 04:55
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Was DC really built on a swamp? Why does the grid system have no J Street? And what's up with all those crazy traffic circles?

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2009
  • Length: 05:34
  • Purchases: 3