History

The Future of Truth: Veteran Investigative Reporter Charles Lewis

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

Veteran investigative reporter Charles Lewis' new book explores the critical role of journalists in taking on the powerful.

Washington's Civil War Sesquicentennial

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

A free black woman gave up land she owned to build Fort Stevens, where D.C.'s only Civil War skirmish took place 150 years ago this week. We explore the battle President Lincoln came to watch.

"The People's Republic of Amnesia" by Louisa Lim

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 1:37 p.m.

Though the Tiananmen Square protests resulted in hundreds, if not thousands of deaths, many have already forgotten what happened. Veteran journalist Louisa Lim joins Kojo to explore this rebellion against a repressive government, and a people's collective amnesia.

Old Wounds & Oral History: The Aftermath of the Belfast Project

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

The "Belfast Project" collected oral histories from former combatants with a promise of confidentiality. Then British prosecutors forced Boston College to hand over tapes...

Old Bay & the Chesapeake's Identity

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

It's one of the flavors that defines life in the Chesapeake region: Old Bay Seasoning, the blend of herbs and spices that's been made in Maryland for nearly a century. Kojo explores the link between spice and regional identity - and what Old Bay has contributed to the culinary DNA of the Chesapeake region.

D.C. Tour Guide Licensing Changes

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

A recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling may do away with the 108-year-old requirement that "sightseeing tour guide"s in the District be licensed. Some professional and part-time guides are sorry to see the requirement go, while others say good riddance - we hear from both sides.

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.

Proof: The Science of Booze

Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo explores the finicky world of booze making and the science behind our favorite cocktails.

The Clark Family and The Corcoran Museum

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

We examine how former Montana senator and copper barron W.A. Clark and his youngest daughter, Huguette, became major benefactors of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

The National Museum of African Art at 50

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

In 1964, a former U.S. State Department diplomat started the Museum of African Art in a historic Capitol Hill townhouse once owned by Frederick Douglass...

"American Panic:" Who Scares Us and Why

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Kojo joins author Mark Stein to explore the roots of American political panic, why it occurs, and how you can stay calm amid a politically fueled firestorm.

Futbol!: Soccer History and Politics in Latin America

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

As Brazil prepares to host the 20th FIFA World Cup, we explore how the "beautiful game" arrived in South and Central America.

D.C. Jazz History (Rebroadcast)

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

Even before jazz came into its own, D.C. was a hub of black music, with clubs along U Street drawing racially diverse crowds in a city that was otherwise segregated. As jazz developed and artists from and traveling through the District...

Armed for Nonviolence: Guns and the Civil Rights Movement

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Journalist and former civil rights activist Charles E. Cobb Jr. joins Kojo to explore the role that armed self-defense played in the "nonviolent" civil rights movement.

D.C. Jazz History

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

Even before jazz came into its own, D.C. was a hub of black music, with clubs along U Street drawing racially diverse crowds in a city that was otherwise segregated. As jazz developed and artists from and traveling through the District...

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