Humankind's Most Peaceful Era?

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

Steven Pinker's latest book, "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined" (Viking) chronicles a drop in violence across millennia. Despite what you read in the paper or hear on the evening news, we may be living in the most peaceful era man has ever known.

Bonds of Slavery and "Songs of Slaves in the Desert"

Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at 1:32 p.m.

Known to many NPR listeners for his reviews of books, Alan Cheuse is also a prolific author. We talk to him about his latest novel "Songs of Slaves in the Desert: A Novel of Slavery and the Southern Wild".

Men Who Changed Their Times

Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

The past 24 hours brought news of the deaths of three men whose individual accomplishments have left a great legacy on us all. Kojo takes a moment to recall the life and impact of civil rights legend Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Apple founder...

Architecture & Security: The Legacy of 9/11 on Government Buildings

Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

In the ten years since September 11th, 2001, security imperatives have transformed Washington's built environment...

A Musical History of Louis Armstrong (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Sep 5, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo chats with Ricky Riccardi, the author of a new biography focusing on the Louis Armstrong's golden years.

The First Printing of Shakespeare's Plays On Display in Washington

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Eighteen of Shakespeare's plays--including "Julius Caesar," and "Macbeth"-- survived only because they were included in what became known as the First Folio, a volume of his work published in London in 1623. Over the centuries, the...

Too Secret? Rethinking Government Classification

Monday, Aug 15, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

President Obama came to the White House pledging to change the culture of government secrecy. But last year, the nearly 77 million government documents were deemed too sensitive public consumption...

The Evolution of Precision Measurement: NIST's Archive

Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.

Wooden heads of various sizes. Assorted boxes with dials. Each item in storage is a mystery waiting to solved ...

Past Meets Present: The Cold War's Legacy

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

What today's rioters in London might learn from the Cold War's legacy on Caribbean nations. How domestic and international policy and public opinions can be manipulated to win one's own advantage...

A Musical History of Louis Armstrong

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo chats with Ricky Riccardi, the author of a new biography focusing on the Louis Armstrong's golden years.

America Before the Revolution (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Jul 4, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

Daniel Richter explores America's cultural, environmental and natural history before the Revolution.

The Peace Corps at 50 (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Jul 4, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

President John F. Kennedy called the Peace Corps an expression of America's responsibilities to the "great common cause of world development." But as the Peace Corps celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, it's an organization at a...

Shaping the City with Roger Lewis

Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Half a century ago, historically and architecturally significant buildings were routinely torn down in the United States. Much has changed in the last fifty years and we'll consider Americans' changing attitude and approach to historic...

Innovation and Patent Reform

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011 at 1:19 p.m.

A new, controversial law- the America Invents Act- proposes to streamline the process and change how patents are awarded. We examine the debate over reforming America's patent system.

Revisiting the O.K. Corral

Thursday, Jun 23, 2011 at 1:34 p.m.

Dodge City, Saloons, Gunfights. How Doc Holliday, a Southern gentleman dentist turned cardshark, became such an enduring American image.

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