Economy

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.

Arts Advocacy in the District

As the District hashes out next year's budget and looks toward electing a new mayor, advocates for the arts are weighing in.

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.

Tax Time Headaches for Same-Sex Couples

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Kojo explores some of the new tax pitfalls facing same-sex married couples and finds out answers to your tax questions as the April 15 deadline approaches.

The Longevity Gap

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 12:21 p.m.

While those in higher income brackets have seen dramatic increases in life expectancy in the past few decades, those on the lower end of the scale arent living longer, and some are even losing years. We explore the reasons behind the longevity gap.

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