Arts & Culture

"Vampires in the Lemon Grove"

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 12:24 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.

The Past And Future Of Big Box Bookstores

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Barnes & Noble recently announced it will close nearly 300 bookstores over the coming decade. We consider the past and future of chain bookstores.

Living And Dying In Brick City

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Growing up on the tough streets of Newark, N.J., Sampson Davis and two childhood friends made a pact to pursue medical degrees. Davis is now a practicing physician who helps at-risk youth choose education.

Distilling Spirits

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

A decade ago there were about a dozen craft distilleries in the U.S., now there are more than 250. We explore the growing phenomenon and talk to local makers.

Digital Humanities

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

We’ll discover what digital humanities scholars are uncovering about the past and learn how some are thinking far in the future to preserve the culture of today.

Architecture For The Rest Of Us

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Public interest design emphasizes a "triple bottom line" that incorporates ecological, economic and social issues in the planning process. We speak to professionals in the field who'd like to see the trend grow.

On Stage In Our Region

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

From swordplay to political dramas to musical theater, we look at what’s hitting stages this season.

Video Portraits Of Beltway Power Brokers

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.

Video artist Lincoln Schatz weaves interview portraits of Beltway power brokers.

Shaping The City

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

We talk with architect Roger Lewis about a critic's role in keeping the public informed and designers honest.

"In the Shadow of the Banyan" (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Dec 31, 2012 at 12:38 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.

What Makes It Great: Classical Music And Beyond With Rob Kapilow (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Rob Kapilow's exuberant commentary could prove you've never listened--really listened--to even the most familiar tunes. Classical music's ambassador takes on all genres--jazz, rap, country--and even the Kojo theme song.

Mapping Virginia (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Our region's early history through a new book featuring the most extensive map collection of Virginia's first 300 years.

Winter Fun With Kids (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

It's winter break for most kids, and with few outdoor options, many parents worry about cabin fever setting in. We'll help you tap into the indoor and outdoor winter fun around our region.

Junot Diaz: "This Is How You Lose Her" (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Junot Diaz's small but powerful body of fiction focuses on characters -- mostly Dominican-American men -- who struggle to define what it means to be a man in a macho culture.

Winter Fun With Kids

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

It's winter break for most kids, and with few outdoor options, many parents worry about cabin fever setting in. We'll help you tap into the indoor and outdoor winter fun around our region.

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