Mikaela Lefrak, WAMU 88.5

Mikaela Lefrak

WAMU 88.5

Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Mikaela:

A New Dance Theater Is Opening In Columbia Heights As Arts Groups Struggle During The Pandemic

At the Dance Institute of Washington, staffers are experiencing something rather unusual in the arts world right now: excitement. → Read More

This Is The New Generation Of D.C. Statehood Advocates

Energized by the events of this summer, young organizers think Washington, D.C. could finally become the 51st state. → Read More

Can You Swim In Rock Creek? DC-Area Residents Find Out

That poop smell coming from the water is, in fact, poop. But some residents say the joy of swimming is worth the risk. → Read More

House Votes To Create Smithsonian American Latino Museum

If the bill makes its way into law, the Smithsonian would start looking for a place for the museum on the National Mall. → Read More

The Smithsonian Is Collecting Coronavirus 'Artifacts' To Document The Pandemic

Local libraries and historical societies are also launching their own collection efforts. → Read More

Chicago Radio Veteran Jenn White Is The New Host Of '1A'

White takes over WAMU and NPR’s weekday talk show, which has been without a permanent host since Joshua Johnson departed in December. → Read More

Virginia Grants Cities The Power To Remove Their Confederate Statues

Efforts to change the state’s rules regarding war memorials increased after the 2017 Charlottesville riot. → Read More

How To Enjoy Rock Creek Park While Still Practicing Social Distancing

If taking a walk around your block is getting a bit stale at this point, here are some ways to safely experience Rock Creek Park. → Read More

A Deputy Director In D.C. Mayor’s Office Has Died Of COVID-19

Valentine worked for more than 16 years as D.C.’s Deputy Attorney General before moving to the Mayor’s legal team last year. → Read More

D.C. Area Sees Mass Layoffs In Wake Of Coronavirus, Hitting Restaurant Workers Particularly Hard

"You’ve got to think, all these restaurants are closing, suppliers are out of work, and that affects the entire region." → Read More

Stuck At Home And Bored? Check Out These Books Recommended By Local Booksellers

Peruse a long list of titles by local authors, books about the Washington region and stories of pandemics. → Read More

The Next Smithsonian Might Be A Women's History Museum

The Smithsonian Board of Regents would be charged with selecting a location for the new museum, "with priority given to a site that is on or near the National Mall" — but establishing new Smithsonian museums doesn't happen overnight. → Read More

A Bill To Diversify Washington's Statues Is Making Its Way Through The D.C. Government

The bill would mandate the construction of at least eight new statues, one per ward, of women or people of color who were born and raised in the District. → Read More

'Everybody Loves You On The Way Out The Door': Gypsy Sally's Owners Reflect On Closure

The space has been a hangout for Deadheads and jam band devotees since 2013. → Read More

'Everybody Loves You On The Way Out The Door': Gypsy Sally's Owners Reflect On Closure

The space has been a hangout for Deadheads and jam band devotees since 2013. → Read More

Why Are There Nearly 50 Houses Of Worship On 16th Street?

Dozens of churches, synagogues and temples line 16th Street NW. Our latest What's With Washington story explores how this "highway to heaven" came to be. → Read More

The Washington Monument's Stairwell Is A 19th Century Time Capsule, But The Public Can't See It

The monument's stairwell is lined with intricately carved stones donated by states, cities and people in the mid-1800s. → Read More

Amid Ongoing Power Struggle Over Arts Funding, Mayor Bowser Launches New Cultural Office

The new office will serve as a liaison between the Bowser administration and the soon-to-be independent Commission on Arts and Humanities. → Read More

Takoma's Been Torched: Satirical News Site Takes Aim At Takoma Park Quirks

The Takoma Torch publishes "Onion"-style articles that poke fun at the suburb's hippie, progressive reputation. → Read More

Want To Learn More About D.C.'s Indigenous History? There's An App For That.

The 'Guide to Indigenous D.C.' app aims to teach people about the city's original inhabitants. → Read More