Arts & Culture

Colum McCann: "TransAtlantic"

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Spanning two continents and three centuries, National Book Award winner Colum McCann's latest novel weaves the stories of well-known figures and fictional characters, revealing fiction's role in the telling of history.

The Smithsonian Explores Navigation

Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 at 12:35 p.m.

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution examines the history and future of navigation, from following the North Star at sea to following the GPS in your cell phone.

Bubble Burst? The Hirshhorn At A Crossroads

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.

The "Hirshhorn Bubble" was supposed to transform an iconic building along the National Mall. But the project is now in jeopardy.

Supernova Performance Art Festival

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

With a performance art festival in June, Rosslyn, Virginia hopes to add "arts destination" to its list of reasons to spend time in its corporate downtown spaces.

"Vampires in the Lemon Grove" (Rebroadcast)

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Karen Russell earned early praise for her work: a coveted "5 Under 35" award from the National Book Foundation for her first short story collection, and her first novel, "Swamplandia!," was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. She's in the studio with Kojo to talk about her latest work.

Summer Reading

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Looking for a great summer read? We've got a selection of novels, biographies, poetry and humor to recommend.

Hard Art: DC's Punk Scene 1979

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lucian Perkins and musician Alec MacKaye on D.C.'s unique underground music scene.

Wolf Trap's New President

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Arvind Manocha spent more than a decade growing the audiences for the L.A. Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl, two of the West Coast's most iconic music venues. He's now leading Wolf Trap, the country's only national park for the performing arts.

Therese Anne Fowler: "Z: A Novel Of Zelda Fitzgerald"

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.

Author Therese Anne Fowler talks about her fictional take on Zelda Fitzgerald -- the woman, muse and icon who continues to fascinate.

"Born On A Mountaintop:" The Legend Of Davy Crockett

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

We explore how legend transformed Davy Crockett into a pop culture icon, from the plays and folklore of his time to Disney’s “Crockett craze” in the 1950s and beyond.

Inside The Graphic Novel Boom

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 at 1:22 p.m.

Books that fall into the category of "graphic novel" encompass nearly all literary genres and artistic mediums. We explore the increasingly popular field and talk with artist-cum-authors who are finding new ways to tell stories.

Septime Webre And The Washington Ballet

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.

Septime Webre's latest ballet adaptation of a great American novel, Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises," transports audiences to the cafes of 1920s Paris and the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Documerica: 1970s Photos Of The Environment And Society

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 12:22 p.m.

A new photography exhibit at the National Archives explores Documerica, a little-known Environmental Protection Agency project created in the 1970s. Photographers commissioned by the agency traveled around the country, capturing images of environmental pollution, as well as a changing society.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen: On The Edge

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

Local bluegrass band Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen is celebrating three "Wammie" awards and a new label. The band joins us to play some tunes from their latest album, "On the Edge."

FilmFest D.C.

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 1:43 p.m.

The Washington D.C. International Film Festival kicks off this week with a smorgasbord of more than 80 films from around the world, playing at theaters across the city.

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