Arts & Culture

P.J. O'Rourke On Baby Boomers, Retirement And Nostalgia

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Political satirist, journalist and frequent "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!'" panelist P.J. O'Rourke joins Kojo in studio.

Monuments Men: Protecting Art And Cultural Heritage In The Midst Of Conflict

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

A new Smithsonian exhibit explores the true story of the scholars, historians and art curators who became known as the "Monuments Men," which was also recently adapted for film. We explore a unique chapter in art history, and explore the ongoing challenge of protecting cultural heritage sites around the world.

Judy Chicago On Feminism, Art And Education

Monday, Mar 3, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

Judy Chicago pioneered the concept of "feminist art" in the '70s, pushing back in a male-dominated art world. As Chicago's 75th birthday approaches, a trio of nationwide exhibitions and events celebrate her contributions to both fields. We talk with her about what's changed and what hasn't for female artists.

Sylviane Diouf: "Slavery's Exiles"

Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

They are known as "maroons:" escaped slaves who lived on the margins of settlements throughout the southern U.S. A new book explores how and where they lived, and what day-to-day survival meant for those who fled slavery.

Abandoned D.C: Exploring Lost Spaces

Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at 12:36 p.m.

For nearly two decades, Washington D.C. writer and photographer Pablo Maurer has been exploring the forgotten spaces and places society left behind.

The Enduring Popularity Of Sherlock Holmes

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

A popular BBC series and a lawsuit over whether his stories are in the public domain are drawing attention once again to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of one of literature's most iconic characters: Sherlock Holmes. We consider the enduring appeal of the "canon" of four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes and Watson, and the many interpretations they've inspired on page and screen.

Chinese New Year Food Traditions

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

The New Year's holiday is among the biggest celebrations in Chinese culture, and it's marked by a number of food traditions.

Behind D.C.'s Movie Theater Boom

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Over the next few years, the number of movie screens in the District will double. We explore the theater resurgence and find out how the new venues will change moviegoing in the District's neighborhoods.

The History Of Black Barber Shops (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Modern black barber shops are civic, cultural and business institutions in many major cities. Their history, however, is complicated, shifting from places where only white men were served to the democratic social spaces of today in just over a century. We consider the political and social movements brought that change about and the role these shops play in communities now.

Remembering Amiri Baraka

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.

Poet and activist Amiri Baraka died last week at age 79. Kojo revisits an interview with Baraka from 2000.

Gary Shteyngart: "Little Failure"

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Best known for his knife-sharp satire in novels like "A Super Sad True Love Story" and "Absurdistan," Gary Shteyngart's latest is a memoir of his life in the U.S. as the child of immigrants from the Soviet Union.

History Of The Folger Shakespeare Library

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

This year, Shakespeare fans the world over will be marking 450 years since the birth of the "Bard of Avon." We talk to the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library about the history of the institution, how they're marking this banner year and why the work of England's preeminent poet and playwright continues to resonate with modern American readers.

The History Of Black Barber Shops

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

Modern black barber shops are civic, cultural and business institutions in many major cities. Their history, however, is complicated, shifting from places where only white men were served to the democratic social spaces of today in just over a century. We consider the political and social movements brought that change about and the role these shops play in communities now.

Remembering Those Lost In 2013 (Rebroadcast)

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

The list of those who passed away in 2013 includes giants from the worlds of politics and popular culture. The world also said goodbye this year to many people who may have been less noticeable, but whose subtle influences affected our everyday lives -- from the inventor of the computer mouse to a legendary "door man" at a prominent Washington music venue. We reflect on the stories of those lost in 2013.

"Miss Manners Minds Your Business:" Etiquette In The Workplace (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Whether you're a cubicle dweller or occupy a corner office, proper protocol in the office has changed drastically in recent years. Enter Miss Manners, aka Judith Martin, who takes on everything from email etiquette to office dress codes in a new book.

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