Economy

Criminalization Of Poverty

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

Debtors' prisons were outlawed in the U.S. nearly 200 years ago, but across the country, counties and cites are increasingly passing costs along to offenders, and people unable to pay are ending up in jail. We explore the issues.

D.C. United Managing Partner Jason Levien

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 12:21 p.m.

Kojo chats with D.C. United owner Jason Levien about the professional soccer franchise's relationship with the Washington region -- and how its future plans may affect D.C. communities.

Maryland Casinos Raise Money, Questions

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

With the August opening of the Baltimore Horseshoe Casino and plans to open an MGM resort in 2016, Maryland is doubling down on legalized gambling. Amid promises of new revenue and concerns over saturation, Kojo explores Maryland's new industry.

A Snapshot of Foreign Students in Local Universities

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

The Washington region has long been seen as a magnet for foreign students seeking advanced degrees. But a new report reveals a more complex portrait of international students.

The Case for Free Money

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

The idea of the government giving all citizens enough money to get by seems a bit like socialism, but many libertarian conservatives are getting behind it. A basic income could replace entitlement programs, cut down on poverty rates, and...

Fast Food Wages and the Role of Franchises

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

A new effort to boost wages for fast food workers is pitting McDonald's and its franchisees against the National Labor Relations Board. We explain the issues and the impact.

Rethinking Portion Size

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

As our nation struggles to get a handle on high obesity rates, portion sizes have been getting a makeover. Restaurants and manufacturers are replacing the 'bigger is better' approach with more modest servings. We consider the cultural...

Beretta Gun Factory Leaving Maryland

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Iconic weapons maker Beretta says concerns about Maryland's new gun control laws are prompting it to close its factory in Accokeek.

Back to Reality for Brazil

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 12:32 p.m.

With the World Cup over, Brazil faces a stagnant economy, poor infrastructure, and wide dissatisfaction with government policies. Kojo explores what's next for the United States' biggest South American trade partner.

The Long Shadow of Childhood Poverty

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Economic mobility is tough when you grow up poor and black, according to a 25-year study of a group of Baltimore students. We explore the long shadow of childhood poverty and efforts to overcome it.

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.

"Social Impact Bonds" Come to Washington

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Local governments around the country are experimenting with "Social Impact Bonds," a new fundraising tool that leverages private investment to solve public problems.

Slots Revenue Revives Horse Racing in Maryland

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

In anticipation of this weekend's Belmont Stakes, and in honor of Triple Crown contender California Chrome's Maryland roots, Kojo explores how revenue from slot machine gambling has revived horse racing and breeding in Maryland.

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.

USAID Chief Rajiv Shah

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Rajiv Shah, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, joins Kojo in the studio.

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