Arts & Culture

U2, Apple And The Value Of Music In The Digital Era

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Millions of smartphone users were surprised to learn this month that the rock band U2 had not only made a new album available to them for free, but that it was already loaded into their iPhones. Join Kojo for a Tech Tuesday conversation about the intersection of technology and music.

Joseph Marcell as "King Lear"

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" actor Joseph Marcell is currently on stage as King Lear at the Folger Theater. He joins us to discuss the role, his career and his Caribbean roots.

Gene Weingarten & Eric Shansby on Comedy and Collaboration

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.

Gene Weingarten and Eric Shansby partner each week on the nationally syndicated "Below the Beltway" feature, written by the former and illustrated by the latter. Now, they're teaming up on a children's book 'Me & Dog' about a kid named Sid and his adoring dog, Murphy.

Rock Creek Park: Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Rock Creek Park celebrates its 125th anniversary next year. We speak with two local experts with books about the history, flora, and fauna that abound in Washington's "backyard."

The Future of Personal and Photo Drones

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Personal drones with cameras attached are increasingly popular with everyone from filmmakers to hobbyists. We explore the evolving legal and social norms for flying them.

African Diaspora International Film Festival

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.

The African Diaspora International Film Festival comes to Washington, D.C. from Aug. 22 to 24. We meet the filmmakers and explore new films from the African diaspora.

'Soldier Girls': Life in the National Guard After 9/11

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

A new book by journalist Helen Thorpe traces the lives of three women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What Happens If DC Legalizes Marijuana?

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

This November, Washington voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana in the District. Kojo explores how Colorado and Washington state have fared since they legalized marijuana in 2012.

Planning Parties and Marking Milestones with New Technology

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Invitations go out online, ideas for favors and games are sourced via Pinterest, the cake is ordered for delivery through a bakery website and moments captured by guests on cell phones posted instantly to social media. Websites, apps and innovative software platforms keep legwork to a minimum and help streamline the party planning process. We consider the pros and cons of deploying tech ahead of and during milestone events.

American Cool

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

An exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery explores the concept of cool through photographs of 100 Americans with the style, originality and talent to become a cultural icon.

American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

From the Boston Tea Party to rock 'n roll, Americans have always taken their fun seriously. A new books reveals the spirit of joyous rebellion going back to the Pilgrims.

Femi Kuti

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 1:40 p.m.

Femi Kuti, the son of pioneering Afrobeat musician and dissident Fela Kuti, forged his own path with a band in the 80's, using music to push for change. He joins us in studio to discuss his activism through music, his father's legacy, and Africa's future.

Robots & Pop Culture

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.

We consider the role of robots - whether cyborg, android or operating system - in our culture and what they tell us about ourselves.

DC's Urban Legends

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Professional tour guide and author Robert Pohl debunks the truth behind some of the city's most persistent myths.

"The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee"

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 1:23 p.m.

Harper Lee's 1960 novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" has sold more than 30 million copies in 18 languages. Journalist Marja Mills, who gained unprecedented access to Lee and her family, joins us to shed some light on the life of one of America's literary icons.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.