Business

Teaching Computers to Understand Sarcasm

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Marketers, diplomats and even the FBI are trying to teach computers to understand the avalanche of Tweets and Facebook posts. We explore the exploding field of sentiment mining.

Facebook's Psychology Experiment: Ethics and Emotion

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Facebook sparked an outcry when it published a study revealing that it manipulated user's emotions without telling them. We explore research ethics and the growing interest in emotional contagions.

Investing in Women

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

We explore the growing trend toward aligning financial goals with social values, including investing in companies with women in senior leadership.

Job Hunting in the Digital Age

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Online social networks are becoming ever more important in the job hunt, but both opportunities and pitfall abound. We explore the evolving nature of job seeking in the digital age.

Adapting Old Buildings for New Uses

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Planners call it "adaptive reuse" -- renovating old buildings to bring them back to life. Kojo and architect Roger Lewis explore how such transformation is revitalizing D.C.

Patient Choice and Privacy in the Digital Age

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

The recent release of a massive trove of Medicare data is already being hailed by journalists and researchers. Along with several other transparency initiatives, the information could help patients better navigate their health care options.

Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Like the nature of white-collar work itself, the concept and design of the office has evolved over more than a century, from the counting-houses of nineteenth-century clerks to the cubicles we love to hate. Author Nikil Saval joins us to explore the history of our workspaces.

Regulating the Sharing Economy: Rules for Uber and Airbnb

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

As upstarts like Uber and Airbnb challenge stalwarts in the taxi and hotel industries, cities are struggling to encourage innovation while still ensuring fairness and public safety.

Science Philanthropy

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

In a trend that some fear is leading to a "privatization of science," wealthy philanthropists are pouring millions into everything from genetic research to space exploration. At the same time, government funding is declining. We explore the issue.

Europe vs. Google: "The Right to be Forgotten"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

The European Court of Justice ruled this week that Google must remove certain links in search results if people ask to have them taken down. The case involves the so-called right to be forgotten and a Spanish man upset that searches of his...

Panama Canal Expansion and our Region's Ports

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

The Panama Canal, now a century old, is currently undergoing a massive expansion in order to handle the larger ships now in operation. We explore what the larger ships, twice the size of those that can currently pass, mean for our region's ports.

Racism & Protest in the NBA

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo talks with former NBA player Etan Thomas about race and politics in professional basketball, where three quarters of the players are black, but the ownership remains mostly white.

Fair Pay and the Workplace

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Although the Equal Pay Act has been on the books since 1963, court decisions over the years have weakened the law, and a culture of secrecy around salaries is still the norm in most workplaces. We explore the complex issues around pay equity.

Oligarchy in Washington?

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

What kind of government do we really have in Washington? A new study says economic elites and business interests have substantial impact on policy making, while other movements have limited influence.

Social Security Changes Course on Old Debts

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher joins Kojo to explore the Social Security Administration's decision to stop efforts to collect on old taxpayer debts to the government.

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