Education

Insults Real or Perceived: The Debate Over Microaggression

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Debate is flaring on college campuses about perceived insults based on race, ethnicity and gender. We explore "microaggression" and personal hurt versus public harm.

Bill Nye "The Science Guy"

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

Bill Nye, a Washington native, joins Kojo to discuss how he got hooked on science and what he thinks can draw future generations into STEM fields.

D.C.'s Human Services Director On Homelessness

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Dave Berns, the director of the District's Department of Human Services, joins Kojo to chat about the city's approach to homelessness.

Reading, Technology and...Still With Us? Attention Span

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

As rapidly evolving technology changes how we read - taking us from page to screen and back again - our brains change and readers can sometimes find longer, denser texts more difficult to read over time. We consider how technology is changing our reading brains and how we might strike a balance between types of reading at different ages.

Gallaudet University's 150th Anniversary

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

As Gallaudet University celebrates 150 years as a preeminent school for the deaf, it looks ahead at the future of higher education and changes in its Northeast D.C. neighborhood.

School Choice In D.C.

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

For the 2014-2015 school year, D.C. piloted its first unified school application lottery, incorporating both traditional public schools and public charter schools into a single application process. As parents learn the results of their applications, we explore school choice in D.C.

Behind The Scenes At Local Public Libraries

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Over the last decade, public libraries have changed and evolved rapidly to meet patron demand. Directors must balance the budget, find new ways to use existing space and manage collections that include books and resources, both tangible and virtual. We talk with directors of three local systems about the role of the library in our modern communities.

Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Garza

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

In her first year on the job, the Fairfax County schools chief is proposing to cut 700 staff positions and boost teacher pay. Karen Garza is here to talk about education.

School Closures And The "Snow Day Effect"

Monday, Mar 3, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Last night, school systems around the region began sending out word of yet another weather-related closure. Snow days bring excitement for kids and frustration for parents. They disrupt classroom instruction. But some recent studies have found that concerns about the "snow day effect" are overstated.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo speaks with D.C.'s top school official about the state of local schools.

D.C.'s Evolving College Affordability Debate

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

District lawmakers want to create a new publicly-funded college scholarship program for low-income high school graduates. But many fear a proposed "D.C. Promise" program -- which was tentatively approved by the D.C. Council on Tuesday -- could ultimately undermine existing federal scholarship programs for D.C. teens. We explore the future of college support programs in the District.

Deep Learning: Teaching Computers To Think Like People

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

The pioneer of "deep learning" explains how computers can learn to think by mimicking the brain's system of neural networks, and how Google and others are using that ability.

MTV's Public Service Message: Teen Moms

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.

MTV's two teen-mom reality shows have been criticized for glamorizing teenage mothers, but a new study shows they've led instead to a significant drop in births to teenage girls.

Equal Punishment? Reforming School Discipline

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo looks at how new federal guidelines on school discipline could impact classrooms and school security.

Training And Norms For Sign Language Interpreters

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

We explore the training and norms for sign language interpreters after the embarrassment at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

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