Arts & Culture

"In the Shadow of the Banyan"

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 1:32 p.m.

Author Vaddey Ratner has written a novel based on her experience growing up in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge as a way to honor the memory of those, including her father, who did not survive. We talk with her about making peace with the past and moving forward with purpose.

Wyclef Jean

Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Musician Wyclef Jean is living what many consider the American dream, but his native Haiti is never far from his thoughts. Kojo talks with Wyclef about his music, charitable work, political ambitions and what's next.

Public Vandalism Or Public Art?

Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

From illegal graffiti to large-scale, city commissioned murals, the District is home to a range of street art. We look at official and unofficial art on the walls and buildings around our region.

Fashion On The Campaign Trail And Beyond With Robin Givhan

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

We talk with Robin Givhan about the power of image in an election year and the interplay between fashion and politics.

Editorial Cartoons And The 2012 Campaign

Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.

A picture and a punch line are worth a thousand words in the maelstrom of campaign season. We meet two editorial cartoonists who offer their take on the candidates and the issues.

Introducing the H Street Heritage Trail

Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

A revitalized H Street corridor has exploded in the past few years with bars and restaurants, but the area has a fascinating history. We explore the Greater H Street Heritage Trail, which opens this weekend.

"Books That Shaped America"

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

A selection of 88 books selected by the staff of the Library of Congress are currently on display in the institution's Thomas Jefferson Building. We consider the list and some titles that didn't make the cut.

Red Hot Patriot: Kathleen Turner

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 1:32 p.m.

Oscar-nominated actress Kathleen Turner stars in a one-woman show on the life of firebrand Texas journalist Molly Ivins.

Labor Day And The DNC

Monday, Sep 3, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Labor leaders, civil rights activists and protesters are gearing up for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Tampa's Gift To Sandwich Lovers: A History Of "The Cuban"

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 1:32 p.m.

This spring, Tampa, Fla., bested Miami when it was voted the true home of the Cuban sandwich by readers of NPR's food blog "The Salt." The debate continues, however, over the sandwich's exact origins, and the proper mix of ham, pork, salami, Swiss cheese and mustard served on Cuban breads. We explore Tampa's culinary gifts, including -- and beyond -- the Cuban sandwich.

Party Time At The Conventions

Monday, Aug 27, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Across Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., art museums and aquariums are morphing into entertainment venues. We explore how the two parties party at the RNC and DNC.

Mike Birbiglia: "Sleepwalk With Me"

Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 at 1:37 p.m.

The stand-up comic and frequent contributor to This American Life on life, his career and his new movie, which was co-written by Ira Glass.

Storytelling In The Digital Age

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Many new technologies shorten our attention spans. But New York Times technology reporter Matt Richtel says e-books are breathing life into an old genre: short stories.

Sikh Community Reacts To Shooting

Monday, Aug 6, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

A gunman killed six and injured three at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin yesterday, stunning the Sikh community in the U.S. and abroad. We talk with a leader in the Washington Sikh community about the reaction among devotees of the faith.

Carolyn Hax And Nick Galifianakis: Tell Me About It

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

It's not your grandmother's advice column: Words of wisdom from Carolyn Hax and Nick Galifianakis.

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