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WAMU 88.5 FM is the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington D.C. area. It is member-supported, professionally-staffed, and licensed to American University. Since 1961, WAMU has provided programming to a growing audience that now totals more than 450,000 listeners in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.


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20 Pieces

As a part of the American Graduate program, Kavitha Cardoza, WAMU 88.5 education reporter, examines the dropout crisis in D.C.

  • From: WAMU
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2012

Latest Pieces

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Commencement season has begun for universities around the region, but Friday’s ceremony at Gallaudet University was a little different from most.

  • Added: Apr 29, 2018
  • Length: 03:32
Caption: An Unfinished Education
Approximately 30 million adults in the U.S. are at the low end of the literacy spectrum. They struggle to read a menu, a pay stub or a bus schedule...

Bought by XRAY.fm, KSFR, KTSW 89.9, WNYC, WITF and more

  • Added: Sep 21, 2013
  • Length: 51:30
  • Purchases: 19
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This week’s show has an Eastern flavor. We start with music from Poland’s shtetls and listen to bands from Bulgaria and Austria with side trips to ...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2013
  • Length: 29:11
From: WAMU
Series: Latitudes
Caption: Commuting to Syria., Credit: Courtesy of Tom A. Peter
Moving up, moving home, and moving your body. In Latitudes’ On the Move special we’ll sample many varieties of mobility. From self-deportation to ...

Bought by KUOW and Marfa Public Radio

  • Added: Oct 12, 2012
  • Length: 51:28
  • Purchases: 2
From: WAMU
Series: Latitudes
Caption: A member of the DC Central Kitchen staff prepares carrots., Credit: Sabri Ben-Achour
What to eat? Where does our food come from? What are its true costs? And is there enough of it to feed the whole world? Our food gives us a lot to...

Bought by KLCC, WORT, Prairie Public, and KZYX

  • Added: Oct 02, 2012
  • Length: 51:28
  • Purchases: 4
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With so much at stake, D.C. works to provide a second chance at graduation for dropouts.

  • Added: Aug 08, 2012
  • Length: 06:41
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Script: These reports are part of American Graduate - Let's Make It Happen! - a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported b...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2012
  • Length: :07
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Teachers Allison Waithe-Benton and Heather O’Brien talk about how the small things can make all the difference.

  • Added: Jul 17, 2012
  • Length: 01:32
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Lisa Jones spoke with her former student, 12-year old Louis Wingfield, about what makes a good teacher.

  • Added: Jul 17, 2012
  • Length: 01:09
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Husband and wife Joseph Isaac and Makita Alexander, both teachers, spoke about how parenting affected their teaching.

  • Added: Jul 17, 2012
  • Length: 01:10