Arts & Culture

D.C.'s Musical Ecosystem

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.

How are musicians in the D.C. area finding ways to meet, rehearse and perform at a time when housing costs are skyrocketing and the number of venues is dwindling? Kojo gets a check up on the health of the area's musical ecosystem.

The Future of the Fort Reno Concert Series

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo chats with the organizer of a long-running concert series in Washington, D.C. about its uncertain future.

Ending on a High Note: NSO Players Look Back

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

This summer the National Symphony Orchestra says goodbye to seven members, who collectively made 251 years of music with the group. Kojo sits down with three retiring NSO players to talk about music, memories and moving on.

"The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street:" A Novel

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Lillian Dunkle arrives in America in 1913, a penniless child immigrant who goes on to build an empire of ice cream. In the book, "The Ice Cream Queen Of Orchard Street," Lillian takes readers from Prohibition to the gourmet ice cream shops that upend the industry. Author Susan Jane Gilman joins us in studio to talk about her novel.

"Seriously Not All Right" by Ron Capps

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Army veteran and former Foreign Service officer Ron Capps spent a decade chronicling atrocities in five war zones. We talk to Capps about his experience, the Veterans Writing Project he has founded to help others and the importance of reading writings about war.

"Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America"

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Baltimore's "Pope of Trash" joins Kojo to talk about his films, his new book and what he loves about Charm City.

The Clark Family and The Corcoran Museum

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

We examine how former Montana senator and copper barron W.A. Clark and his youngest daughter, Huguette, became major benefactors of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

The National Museum of African Art at 50

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

In 1964, a former U.S. State Department diplomat started the Museum of African Art in a historic Capitol Hill townhouse once owned by Frederick Douglass...

National Spelling Bee Week

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

More than 200 contestants from around the world are gathering in Washington this week for the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. We talk with Merriam-Webster's editor-at-large about the history of spelling bees, what it's like to be a spelling bee pronouncer, and why words like "selfie" and "hashtag" will soon show up in one of the world's best known dictionaries.

D.C. Jazz History (Rebroadcast)

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

Even before jazz came into its own, D.C. was a hub of black music, with clubs along U Street drawing racially diverse crowds in a city that was otherwise segregated. As jazz developed and artists from and traveling through the District...

True Tales of American Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues (Rebroadcast)

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Americans have always been fascinated by criminals, immortalizing notorious bad guys on screen and on the page. But many of our most diabolical and misguided citizens have been overlooked by history books. Paul Martin highlights a colorful...

The Shifting Culture of American Fiction with Chad Harbach

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Author Chad Harbach joins us to consider the changing landscape of America's publishing industry.

D.C. Jazz History

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

Even before jazz came into its own, D.C. was a hub of black music, with clubs along U Street drawing racially diverse crowds in a city that was otherwise segregated. As jazz developed and artists from and traveling through the District...

"Astonish Me" by Maggie Shipstead

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.

"Astonish Me" is a family drama set against the high-stakes and vibrant world of professional ballet during the Cold War. We talk with author Maggie Shipstead about her second novel, writing what you don't know and the value of solitude.

Opera in the Outfield

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

For the sixth year of "Opera in the Outfield," the Washington National Opera will broadcast a live performance of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" on the big screen at Washington’s ball park. Kojo talks about the organization's efforts to make opera more accessible.

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