Arts & Culture

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.

When Social Advocacy and Advertising Collide

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

From TV spots featuring interracial families to links between shiny hair and feminism, companies are embracing social issues -- and potential controversies -- that come with today's modern families.

Kids & YA Summer Reading

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

School's out for summer, but reading - both assigned and for pleasure - continues for kids of all ages. We've got suggestions for babies, teens and everyone in between.

New Advice on Reading to Infants

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

New American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines encourage parents to read aloud to children daily, starting in infancy. We consider practical hurdles some families face in meeting that goal and the long-term benefits early exposure to complex language can bring.

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