Arts & Culture

The Visual History Of Yoga

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian offers a visual history of 2,000 years of yoga and its religious and secular importance around the world.

The Literature Of War

Monday, Nov 11, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

War and literature have long been linked. We revisit some classic works that continue to resonate today and consider the emerging hallmarks of fiction about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Recovering Nazi-Looted Art

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo explores how the discovery of 1,500 artworks missing since the Nazi era fits into the decades-long effort to recover lost and looted art in Europe.

"Ask A Slave" With Azie Dungey

Monday, Nov 4, 2013 at 1:33 p.m.

When D.C. native Azie Dungey returned to the region after college, she found work as an interpreter for local historic sites. As an African-American telling the story of a slave at Mount Vernon, she was asked questions both absurd and...

Marin Alsop At Home And Abroad

Monday, Nov 4, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Conductor Marin Alsop leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Kojo talks with Alsop about upcoming concerts close to home and her forays onto the international stage.

'War Of The Worlds,' 75 Years Later

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

It was 75 years ago that Orson Welles produced one of the most famous broadcasts in radio history: "War of the Worlds." But much of the mythology now associated with the original broadcast -- stories of miscarriages and suicides -- may be as fictional as the play's alien invasion storyline. Radio historian Neil Verma joins Kojo to explore what really happened, as well as the craft behind the radio play itself

In The Tower: Kerry James Marshall

Monday, Oct 28, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art features the work of Kerry James Marshall, whose paintings reflect on American history through the lens of the African-American experience.

"Love In Afghanistan" At Arena Stage

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.

In this new play by Charles Randolph Wright, an American hip-hop star and an Afghan interpreter navigate romance in chaotic, war-torn Afghanistan.

Aminatta Forna: "The Hired Man"

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Author Aminatta Forna is known for work -- fiction and non -- based in Sierra Leone, her father's homeland. Her latest novel is, instead, based in Croatia where she examines the questions that plague a community after a period of civil strife. Kojo talks with Forna about healing, hunting and gentrification in "The Hired Man."

Shaping The City: Setting Standards For Design

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Governments have certain tools at their disposal that can influence how buildings look and feel. But zoning codes and building height limits can only do so much to affect the aesthetic designs behind private projects. Architect and Washington Post columnist Roger Lewis returns to explore what makes for good design and whether it's possible for the public sector to impose design standards and private endeavors.

Cocktails With "The Drunken Botanist"

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.

Cocktails are full of plants, from spirits made with them to the mixers and garnishes that finish them off. We talk to author and gardener Amy Stewart and D.C. bartender Owen Thomson about the botanical elements in some favorite cocktails, obvious and unexpected alike.

Sandra Boynton: "Frog Trouble"

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 12:29 p.m.

Beloved children's author, illustrator and songwriter Sandra Boynton has gone country in her latest album, "Frog Trouble," with a roster of big-name stars lending their talents.

Dara Horn: "A Guide For The Perplexed"

Monday, Sep 30, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.

A brilliant software developer, Josie, creates a program to record and archive everything we do and say. A 19th-century scholar discovers a treasure trove of ancient documents in a Cairo "genizah," or synagogue's repository for holy items that cannot be discarded. The narratives in Dara Horn's new novel intersect when Josie is kidnapped in Egypt, raising questions about what it means to remember the past.

Shaping The City: Placemaking Through Public Art

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

In communities across the country, government agencies and city councils are pairing with individual artists and arts nonprofits to create a stronger sense of place through art.

"Miss Manners Minds Your Business:" Etiquette In The Workplace

Tuesday, Sep 24, 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.