Kojo explores how heroin reached this region, why it’s hitting young people particularly hard, and how communities are fighting this new drug war on the ground.
You’ll never be able to recapture the thrill of playing “Donkey Kong” for the first time on the original Nintendo system. And nostalgia has little to do with it. Researchers are trying to preserve classic video games — but the work is surprisingly difficult. Tech Tuesday explores why video games are the forefront of the fight to preserve digital culture from oblivion in the 21st century.
- Jerome McDonough Assistant Professor, University of Illinois
- Abigail Potter Digital Archivist, Library of Congress
- Matthew Kirschenbaum Associate Professor, University of Maryland - College Park
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The rise of the American space program overlapped with the dawn of the civil rights movement in the United States. Many of NASA's first African-American employees worked to send humans into space while at the same time finding their place in the struggle for racial equality. Kojo explores this intersection in history with two authors who chronicled the stories of some of the earliest African-American space workers - and an astronaut who followed them to become the first African-American in to lead NASA on a permanent basis.
Local communities in the Washington region are reeling from recent tragedies on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Many families have connections to the waves of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Europe - including the Ethiopians killed by the Islamic State in Libya last month. Kojo explores the aftershocks of these events and traces their connections to neighborhoods in the Washington area.