D.C. Councilmember Elissa Silverman talks about yet another contentious D.C. Council meeting and the latest coronavirus news. And Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey talks about how the county is handling the pandemic and rethinking policing.
When President Obama took office in 2009 he vowed to “make government cool again.” Eager young workers, inspired by Obama’s slogan of “hope and change” flooded D.C — a town already in the throes of change itself. Eight years later on the cusp of a Trump administration, D.C. is a town transformed both physically and socially. Gentrified neighborhoods boast Michelin-starred restaurants, the city has a growing tech sector and gleaming new buildings have replaced dilapidated neighborhoods. But while the Obamas and their staffers made a significant mark on the city, they also missed opportunities and quashed expectations of longtime D.C. residents. We examine how the Obama years changed the District and we explore the impact of political cycles on the vibrancy of the city.
- Daniella Gibbs Leger Senior Vice President, Communications and Strategy, Center for American Progress
- Elaina Plott Staff Writer, Washingtonian Magazine
- Maurice Jackson Professor of History, Georgetown University; author of "Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism" (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press)
Most Recent Shows
Aminatou Sow And Ann Friedman On “Big Friendship” And Keeping Each Other Close During A Global Pandemic
Famous friends Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman join Kojo to discuss their book, "Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close."
The library system is celebrating a renovation of its main branch, and coping with coronavirus challenges they didn't cover in library school.
Many low-wage workers were the first to lose their jobs when the region shut down, and many have still not gone back to work. So, how are they getting by?