Arts & Culture

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.

Rob Kapilow: Music Traditions And The Holidays (Rebroadcast)

Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

"What Makes It Great" creator Rob Kapilow joins Kojo to explore how tradition shapes how composers write holiday music, and how we hear it.

2013 Winter Reading (Rebroadcast)

Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

The weather outside has turned frightful, which means it's time to hunker down with a good book. We round up favorites from the year past and find out what you're reading now.

Remembering Those Lost In 2013

Wednesday, Dec 18, 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.

2013 Winter Reading

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

The weather outside has turned frightful, which means it's time to hunker down with a good book. We round up favorites from the year past and find out what you're reading now.

Rob Kapilow: Music Traditions And The Holidays

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

"What Makes It Great" creator Rob Kapilow joins Kojo to explore how tradition shapes how composers write holiday music, and how we hear it.

Family Fun For Winter Break

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Whether you've got relatives in town for the holidays or need to entertain the kids over winter break, we've got some ideas for fun and unusual things to do in our area.

Flory Jagoda And Trio Sefardi

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo explores the sounds of Sephardic music with acclaimed singer and composer Flory Jagoda and members of the early music group, Trio Sefardi.

"Woody Sez": A Musical On The Life Of Woody Guthrie

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 1:23 p.m.

Woody Guthrie's folk anthems are iconic American music. We learn about a new musical, now at Theater J, that explores Guthrie's life and music.

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