The Kojo Nnamdi Show The Kojo Nnamdi Show en-US Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:50:18 +0000 The Economic Fight Against ISIS <p>Experts call ISIS the best-funded non-state terrorist organization the U.S. has ever confronted. The group reportedly takes in tens of millions of dollars a month from oil smuggling, kidnapping for ransom, "taxing" locals and donations from big supporters across the region. We explore how ISIS fills its coffers and how the international community is trying to shut off the funding pipeline.</p> The Kojo Nnamdi Show Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:25:30 -0400 Red Cross Under Fire In Storms' Aftermath <p>The Red Cross' response to Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac is in the spotlight this week after an investigation by ProPublica and NPR revealed multiple failures by the organization, including accounts that the organization diverted resources for public relations purposes. The Red Cross disputes many of the facts in the story, and points to the tens of thousands of people helped in those disasters. We explore the issues.</p> The Kojo Nnamdi Show Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:06:30 -0400 D.C.'s Punk Movement: Looking Back And Ahead <p>It's a chapter of D.C.'s cultural history that's the subject of on onslaught of new documentary projects: the punk movement that took root in our area during the 1980s and 1990s. But this new wave of nostalgia has provoked tough questions too: is it overkill? Where did the creative and activist energy that fueled the art go? We ponder the past and the future of punk music in the Washington area.</p> The Kojo Nnamdi Show Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:06:30 -0400 Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts With Aglaia Kremezi <p>Vegetarian dishes have long been a large part of Mediterranean diets, especially on the Greek Isles where there's little space for animals to graze. With simple, often very straightforward preparations, the region makes the most of the bounty of vegetables available. We explore some of the cuisine's most flavorful meals made with Aglaia Kremezi.</p> The Kojo Nnamdi Show Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:32:30 -0400 "We The Economy" And Explaining Economic Issues <p>Complicated economic issues are often presented as if they're beyond the understanding of non-experts. But a new series of short documentary films aims to explain these often complex concepts in just five-to-eight minute increments, using everything from animation to lemonade stand stories to do so. We speak with James Schamus about his role in the project and where he hopes film can help people better understand economic issues on a fundamental level.</p> The Kojo Nnamdi Show Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:06:30 -0400 Emily St. John Mandel: "Station Eleven" <p>In "Station Eleven," Emily St. John Mandel imagines a near future in which the population has been decimated by a fast-moving flu. In the aftermath, we follow a touring group of actors and musicians who aim to keep Shakespeare - and hope - alive in bleak times. We talk with Mandel about the appeal of dystopian fiction, the endurance of beauty and her National Book Award nomination.</p> The Kojo Nnamdi Show Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:20:30 -0400 A Snapshot Of D.C. Voters: The Kojo Nnamdi Show/Washington City Paper Poll <p>A week before Election Day, a new poll commissioned by The Kojo Nnamdi Show and Washington City Paper identifies clear front-runners in the race for D.C. mayor and attorney general. It also reveals locals' views about about politics, arts and culture in the District. We dig into the findings.</p> The Kojo Nnamdi Show Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:06:30 -0400 The Life And Legacy Of Edgar Allan Poe <p>A century and a half after his mysterious demise, Edgar Allan Poe's gothic and macabre stories and poems continue to influence and inspire. Roundly considered the creator of the mystery genre as we know it today, his legend in death has been larger than his relatively short life might have suggested. We examine his local ties in Baltimore and Richmond, and the lore surrounding Poe and his works.</p> The Kojo Nnamdi Show Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:06:30 -0400 Stemming The Tide Of Rumors Online <p>Did you hear the one about the exploding bong? Or the family of five quarantined in Texas because they all have Ebola? Stemming the tide of untrue stories circulating online is a challenge that websites like Snopes and Politifact have been tackling for years in the hope of debunking some of the biggest whoppers. And journalists and computer scientists are working on new programs and algorithms to track and analyze how rumors spread online. We explore what it takes to spot and correct falsehoods on the Web.</p> The Kojo Nnamdi Show Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:06:30 -0400 How's Life? Understanding And Measuring Well-Being <p>It seems that each week a new report ranks cities "best" or "worst" in traffic, livability, cost-of-living and myriad other factors. While the data may raise hackles -– or be a point of pride -– for those in the rankings, measuring our lives on everything from air quality to employment has implications that go far beyond good Internet fodder. But does the data match our real-world experience? We explore the latest tools to measure well-being, and find out why the question, "How's life?" can affect policy and populations.</p> The Kojo Nnamdi Show Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:20:30 -0400