Here we are on WAMU’s Bandwidth. We shot this right before we hit the road and we had a blast. It must be said that it sounds even better and louder in person! Were out for three more weeks. Get at us on tour. Do it. 


It’s still cold out there, so watch Dana Falconberry play a pretty orchestral folk song in the summer breeze, courtesy of WAMU’s brand-spanking new Bandwidth site

Christine Lagarde's local connection

Quelle surprise! Recently appointed International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde is an alumna of Holton-Arms, a private girls school in Bethesda, Md.

“Her maiden name is Lallouette. And a Lallouette in French is a skylark that’s noted for its song and its perpendicular flight. And I think that’s apt for where Christine has landed in her career and her life.” - Holton-Arms teacher Mary de Pinho

A great example of how to localize an international news story from WAMU-FM.

Those securities were quoted at around one cent in November 2008, when Mr. Thoma first started buying—they are now at 16 cents—but they rarely traded and were hard to buy through his online brokerage account.
In the following months, Mr. Thoma bought in lots of 500 or 1,000 units. But he noticed other investors were occasionally able to buy them in much larger amounts, at one point as many as six million units in a day.
“I was envious,” he said. “They were like whales passing in the night.”
Mr. Thoma suspected the buying was being made by hedge funds, which already owned the bank’s bonds. Owning large chunks of both classes of securities would help them control the bankruptcy’s course, he figured. While this practice is standard in most bankruptcies, in the case of Washington Mutual, the hedge funds’ strategies affected thousands of retail investors, who still owned the bank’s securities.

Nate Thoma Battles Hedge Funds - WSJ.com

Pretty interesting. I had no idea that those shares were still trading at that point.

Joined By War: A Decade of Conflict with Kojo Nnamdi

Joined By War: A Decade of Conflict in Afghanistan

Presented by WAMU 88.5, America Abroad Media and Radio Killid Afghanistan

Days ahead of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and with the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan underway, WAMU 88.5 FM, America Abroad Media, and Radio Killid Afghanistan bring together audiences in Washington and Kabul for a candid conversation about the impact of a decade of conflict in Afghanistan. Panelists and guests in both cities will see and speak with each other via Skype during this discussion moderated by WAMU 88.5’s Kojo Nnamdi. 

Joined By War: A Decade of Conflict in Afghanistan 
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C., 20016
Doors open at 7 a.m. Taping begins promptly at 7:30 a.m.

Metered parking is available in the underground garage at the Katzen Arts Center. Paid parking begins at 9:00 a.m.; however, Joined by War guests are asked to pay for at least two hours of parking upon arrival in order to avoid being ticketed. The parking system will adjust your payment to begin at 9:00 a.m.

The event is free, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, contact Paul Mozzocci at 202-885-2846 ormozzocci@wamu.org.  

WAMU 88.5 FM 
American University Radio 
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20016

PHONE: 202-885-1200 
WEB: wamu.org


The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation sued the former chief executive of Washington Mutual and two of his top lieutenants, accusing them of reckless lending before the 2008 collapse of what was the nation’s largest savings bank.

The civil lawsuit, seeking to recover $900 million, is the first against a major bank chief executive by the regulator and follows escalating public pressure to hold bankers accountable for actions leading up to the financial crisis.


Frankie Cosmos stopped in to do a video session with WAMU’s Bandwidth in DC! Check out this sweet vid!