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Meet the Team

There’s a lot to love about DC. The region is full of devoted natives who call it home, but it’s also a hub for newcomers from across the country and around the world. The city’s many contradictions have created an opinionated, engaged, and lively community. Every day, you’ll hear from the team highlighting what makes this beautiful, complex city we call home just a little bit better. 


Michael Schaffer
Podcast Co-Host

A DC hidden gem
The MLK Library reopened during the pandemic. It’s the only Mies van der Rohe building in DC, and it was always a grim, gloomy place—a building that didn’t much like people. But they reimagined it beautifully. And there’s a gorgeous roof deck in the middle of downtown where you can sit for free.

Someone from my city you should know about
Darrow Montgomery. He’s spent 30-odd years documenting the city as a photographer for Washington City Paper. If DC had a photographer laureate, it would be him.

Host Bridget Todd

Bridget Todd
Podcast Co-Host

DC personality you need to know
George “the Music Man” Whitlow personifies DC’s musical spirit 

Let’s eat here
Fish in the Hood. You’ve got to have the mac and cheese.

Priyanka Tilve
Lead Producer

Let’s eat here
Tiger Fork, in Blagden Alley. The Jah Leung there blows my mind.

Something DC does better than anywhere else
Parks! Almost every neighborhood has one. And as a tree enthusiast I am particularly pleased by the many, gorgeous trees to climb on top of, hammock between, or picnic beneath.

Julia Karron
Audio Producer

Let’s eat here
Bread Furst in Van Ness. Let’s grab a baguette, a croissant, or sneakily my favorite thing there, a ham and cheese biscuit sandwich. Iced coffee too!

DC does this better than anywhere else
Book stores. Each has its own character and they’re constantly hosting events with writers.

Kaela Cote-Stemmermann

Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Newsletter Editor

DC personality you need to know
Eliza Scidmore – She was the first woman on National Geographic’s board and was the one who proposed bringing cherry blossoms to Potomac Park.