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.

Staying cool in the heat

The last week of July is statistically the hottest week in D.C., and this year is no exception. Here are two of the best strategies for dealing with the heat – either go for ice cream, or cool off by the water. Ice cream What could be better than enjoying ice cream on the Mall?…

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Many people took up bird-watching during the pandemic, but have you tried oding, which has been dubbed the new birding? Oding is the art of spotting dragonflies, a fascinating insect that was flying around earth even before the dinosaurs. There are lots of places to see dragonflies in D.C., but the first place to go…

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Images of Freedom

In the United States, we talk frequently about freedom, especially around Independence Day. We asked photographers from the DMV to send us images that represent freedom to them.

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The imperfect promise of the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is perhaps the biggest holiday in D.C. – but in addition to the celebration, there’s also a recognition of the lack of the full promise of freedom for all. We saw a lot on the Fourth, both celebrations and demonstrations. Starting with the celebrations, the iconic fireworks were viewed by huge…

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