D.C. is often portrayed as a land of monuments and politicians. We want to show you something more. These are the stories that matter to us — about the city, its people, and the lives they lead — sometimes joyous, sometimes sad, often messy, but always interesting.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, Dancing Queen

Eleanor Holmes Norton has long been an icon in the District and beyond. She became a civil rights activist when young, and furthered her work for equality as the assistant legal director of the ACLU in the late 1960’s. She was the first female Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and wrote the first…

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The Art of a Round Museum

It’s World Architecture Day on Monday Oct. 6th, and one of our most famous buildings is celebrating with a week of activities – it’s the Hirshhorn, of course, in all its Brutalist glory. Let’s take a look at how the Hirshhorn got its start and the unique round spaces it provides for modern art. a…

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Relying on the youth to save our planet

This past week has seen youth all over the world stand up for protecting our environment. Youth climate activist Greta Thunberg was here for several days to meet with legislators and with other young activists. At a press conference last week in front of the Supreme Court, lead plaintiff Kelsey Juliana, of the lawsuit Juliana…

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Cars at the Capital

One interesting way to look at our past is through the history of our cars. The Historic Vehicle Association is curating that history, and as part of that, they’ve put historic cars in a glass case right in the middle of the Mall for the past five Septembers. Alan Beam was the 4th man to…

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Art All Night

One of the best nights in D.C. is tomorrow – Art All Night takes over several areas of the city with an explosion of creativity. There are many performances scheduled and many venues with art and music inside, but lots of the fun is also just walking the streets and seeing the strange things there.…

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The Last Blooms of Summer

Summer is mainly over, and the heat has wilted most of the gardens in D.C. But the Bishop’s Garden at the National Cathedral seems to hang on the longest, filled with blossoms and winding paths. The garden was designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. 100 years ago, and augmented by Florence Bratenahl,…

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