History

Recording the Capital: A Musical History of D.C. (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

The musical history of the Washington area goes deeper than Duke Ellington and Chuck Brown. But much of the music recorded here in the 20th century, from early rock and roll to bluegrass to jazz, was forgotten about long ago. Kojo chats with Jay Bruder, the host of "The Hometown Special" on WAMU's Bluegrass Country, about the recorded musical history of the nation's capital.

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...

Recording the Capital: A Musical History of D.C.

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

The musical history of the Washington area goes deeper than Duke Ellington and Chuck Brown. But much of the music recorded here in the 20th century, from early rock and roll to bluegrass to jazz, was forgotten about long ago. Kojo chats with Jay Bruder, the host of "The Hometown Special" on WAMU's Bluegrass Country, about the recorded musical history of the nation's capital.

75 Years After the Alexandria Library Sit-In

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

In 1939, five young black men walked into Alexandria, Virginia's public library to request they be issued library cards. When borrowing rights were denied on the grounds the facility was for whites only, the men took books from the shelves...

Slave Resistance and the American Revolution

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.

Kojo and University of Houston historian Gerald Horne revisit the years leading up to the American Revolution to find out how slavery in North America and the British colonies influenced—and even motivated—the revolt.

"Citizen Canine" The Evolution of Our Pets

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Cats and dogs have become such a part of the family fabric that in many households, they're akin to children. "Science" journalist David Grimm joins Kojo to talk about how our connections to pets are changing laws, industries, and lives.

American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

From the Boston Tea Party to rock 'n roll, Americans have always taken their fun seriously. A new books reveals the spirit of joyous rebellion going back to the Pilgrims.

DC's Urban Legends

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Professional tour guide and author Robert Pohl debunks the truth behind some of the city's most persistent myths.

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.

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