Washington DC

United States of America

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Historic Congressional Cemetery: The Dead Tell the Best Stories
40 min.0.85 KMen-flagEN
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The fun of Congressional Cemetery isn't the dead congressmen. The people buried here include D.C. scallywags, civil rights heroes, and at least one man killed by a tiger. As they say: "You don’t have to be famous to be buried here -- just dead." You might find a festival, a foot race or an outdoor movie underway, and certainly dogs at play. Your guide is a public radio reporter and a dues-paying member of the cemetery's innovative dog-walking club. The cemetery is open dawn to dusk daily. 

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Memorials on the National Mall
2 H. 40 MIN.6.60 KMen-flagEN
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Welcome to Washington! We hope you're having a great time so far. Witold Rybczynsk, Slates architecture critic will take you on a tour of Memorials on the Mall in Washington DC. We will start at the Grant Memorial at the base of Capitol Hill and finish at the Lincoln Memorial on the west end of the Mall. Along the way you will stop at the Washington Monument, the FDR Memorial and several others. 

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Native Roots | The Duke's Washington
1 H. 10 MIN.2.90 KMen-flagEN
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Duke is to Washington what Louis Armstrong is to New Orleans or what Charlie Parker is to Kansas City. The elegance and sophistication of Duke’s persona and musical genius was shaped and molded in Washington, DC, where the musician grew up influenced by the music of the early 20th century — ragtime, gospel and classical — before he began penning his own music compositions and forming his first dance bands while still in high school. In his early professional career years, he solidified his reputation as a solid composer and band leader along Washington, D.C.’s “lively” and “colorful” historic U Street entertainment district. It was a hot-bed for African American musical talent later known as “Black Broadway.” He performed in U Street’s stately theaters, after-hours nightclubs and its plentiful social halls on Saturday nights before moving to the Big Apple with his jazz orchestra in 1923.

In his fifty-year career, he gave American music its own sound for the first time through his famed recordings that influenced millions of people both at home and abroad, where he played over 20,000 performances in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East as well as Asia. Enjoy this mobile storytelling tour and self-directed journey, “Native Roots: The Duke’s Washington”, a rewarding African American experience and historical time capsule of early D.C. Ellingtonia for avid fans of American music and those that continue to celebrate his unparalleled talent, contributions and cultural legacy.

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