History

Food and Faith: Meals for Passover and Easter

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

This is a week when religious traditions influence the menu at festive family gatherings. We explore the link between faith and holiday food traditions in homes around the world.

The Director of Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kirk Johnson, the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, talks with Kojo about the newest addition to dinosaur hall: one of the world's most complete T-Rex skeletons.

The Legacy Of Nuclear Power

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

Kojo explores our historical love-hate relationship with the power, potential and peril of nuclear energy.

Monuments Men: Protecting Art And Cultural Heritage In The Midst Of Conflict

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

A new Smithsonian exhibit explores the true story of the scholars, historians and art curators who became known as the "Monuments Men," which was also recently adapted for film. We explore a unique chapter in art history, and explore the ongoing challenge of protecting cultural heritage sites around the world.

Soul Food Redefined: Early African-American Cooks

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo explores what we've learned from early African-American cookbook authors and how their recipes are changing our perceptions of Southern cooking.

Rachel Louise Snyder: "What We've Lost Is Nothing"

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

A string of burglaries in a racially diverse neighborhood exposes hidden racial tensions in a new novel by Rachel Louise Snyder.

U.S. Diplomatic Ties To Ethiopia

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

In the Horn of Africa, solid U.S.-Ethiopia relations have been one constant in a region often beset by turmoil. We talk with current and former U.S. ambassadors to Ethiopia about the deep ties to the U.S., and where the two countries sometimes agree to disagree.

Sylviane Diouf: "Slavery's Exiles"

Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

They are known as "maroons:" escaped slaves who lived on the margins of settlements throughout the southern U.S. A new book explores how and where they lived, and what day-to-day survival meant for those who fled slavery.

Beatles '64: D.C.'s Time In The Rock And Roll Spotlight

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

On Feb. 11, 1964, Washington, D.C. was thrown into the center of the musical universe when the Beatles played their first North American concert right in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Alcatraz 11: Vietnam's "Defiant" POWs

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

Kojo hears the inspiring story of the 11 American prisoners-of-war who endured and heroically resisted years of brutal treatment at Vietnam's Hoa Lo prison and its sub camp "Alcatraz."

Virginia Textbook Tweak Stirs Naming Dispute Over Asian Sea

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.

Kojo explores the international dispute touched off by a Virginia General Assembly bill that would require Virginia's textbooks to note that the Sea of Japan is also known as the "East Sea."

Tom Paxton: A Musical Tribute To Pete Seeger

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 1:43 p.m.

Legendary singer, songwriter and activist Pete Seeger died Monday at age 94. Grammy Award-winning musician Tom Paxton joins Kojo for a musical tribute and a look at Seeger's enduring impact on American music and politics.

Rebroadcast: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

A surprise winner at this year's National Book Award, James McBride's latest novel takes on the story of abolitionist John Brown's doomed raid on the arsenal at Harper's Ferry. We speak with McBride about the novel, as well as the band he formed to play music that inspired Brown.

The Real Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr. (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch argues that while we invoke Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name frequently, few understand the principles he championed or the history of race relations in America.

Sue Monk Kidd: "The Invention Of Wings"

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Novelist Sue Monk Kidd weaves the true story of Sarah and Angelina Grimke into her latest work of fiction. We talk with Kidd about the novel, her inspiration and her work.

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