The first decade of the new millennium was an extraordinary time for Washington, D.C., marked by hope, tragedy, change, and hope once again. WETA TV 26 presents Washington in the 2000s, premiering May 14, 2019 at 8:00pm on WETA TV 26 & HD. The 60-minute program explores the major events, people, and developments – ushering in a period that changed the city and the region forever.
From the 9/11 terrorist attack and the D.C. sniper to the return of Major League Baseball and a baby panda’s birth, the region experienced great highs and lows. Washington also experienced a massive wave of investment and growth, becoming a suddenly hip food mecca, as traces of the old D.C. grew fainter. Weaving together stories of local politics, sports, and culture, Washington in the 2000s provides a striking portrayal of a city reshaped by the times.
“The 2000s were a real turning point for the city as it exists today, when the uncertainty of the ‘90s gave way to a new normal for Washingtonians,” notes Kevin Harris, WETA Vice President and Television Station Manager. “Washington in the 2000s examines the influential moments in Washington’s most recent history.”
Washington in the 2000s is the latest production from WETA TV 26 exploring the history and culture of Greater Washington, as part of WETA’s continuing mission to produce television that serves our community. These documentaries, which began with Washington in the ‘60s, chronicle the seminal local events of each decade through the recollections of those who saw and shaped them.
Notable Washingtonians featured in Washington in the 2000s include former mayor Anthony Williams; chef and humanitarian José Andrés; former Washington Redskins player Santana Moss; sports columnists Thomas Boswell and Clinton Yates; Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner; Howard University professor Natalie Hopkinson; sports anchor Lindsay Czarniak; and journalists Roxanne Roberts, Andrea Roane, and Harry Jaffe. The program is narrated by Washington D.C. radio legend Donnie Simpson.
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