History

Colum McCann: "TransAtlantic" (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, Jul 4, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Spanning two continents and three centuries, National Book Award winner Colum McCann's latest novel weaves the stories of well-known figures and fictional characters, revealing fiction's role in the telling of history.

"Born On A Mountaintop:" The Legend Of Davy Crockett (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, Jul 4, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.

We explore how legend transformed Davy Crockett into a pop culture icon, from the plays and folklore of his time to Disney’s “Crockett craze” in the 1950s and beyond.

American Food Roots

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

Kojo sits down with the editors of the new web site American Food Roots to find out what makes American cooking truly authentic.

Elliott Holt: "You Are One Of Them"

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

Author Elliott Holt's debut novel is rooted in Cold War D.C. and post-Soviet Russia, but raises universal questions about trust and truth. Kojo asks Holt about the nature of truth, the Cold War's pop cultural legacy and the writing process.

Gettysburg At 150

Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo explores how the history of the Civil War's definitive battle continues to shape who we are and the pieces of it that remain the most relevant in modern American society.

Colum McCann: "TransAtlantic"

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Spanning two continents and three centuries, National Book Award winner Colum McCann's latest novel weaves the stories of well-known figures and fictional characters, revealing fiction's role in the telling of history.

Archaeology in D.C.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

The history of the District of Columbia pre-dates the formation of the city itself. The story of its early inhabitants can often be found in the soil beneath the modern metropolis.

"Born On A Mountaintop:" The Legend Of Davy Crockett

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

We explore how legend transformed Davy Crockett into a pop culture icon, from the plays and folklore of his time to Disney’s “Crockett craze” in the 1950s and beyond.

African American Service In The Civil War (Rebroadcast)

Monday, May 6, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Civil War scholar Ron Coddington has compiled a collection of portraits of these men and used the images as a jumping off point for telling their stories. He joins Kojo to help us understand the Civil War as they experienced it.

Racism And Reinvention: The Story Of 'The Black Russian'

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

We hear about the life of Frederick Bruce Thomas, an American born to former slaves who became one of the richest, most famous men in Moscow.

D.C. Toasts: The Black Mixology Club

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.

Prior to and during Prohibition, a number of African-American bartenders saw their craft as a gateway to the middle class in an era when many doors were closed to black workers. Kojo talks with historians and mixologists who are now unearthing the stories -- and the recipes -- behind that generation of African-American bartenders.

African American Service In The Civil War

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Civil War scholar Ron Coddington has compiled a collection of portraits of these men and used the images as a jumping off point for telling their stories. He joins Kojo to help us understand the Civil War as they experienced it.

Shaping The City: Rethinking Planning Rules

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Traditional zoning ordinances took hold a century ago to control what was built where, how densely and how tall. We explore how different jurisdictions are rethinking the rules.

Passover Traditions, New And Old

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 1:23 p.m.

The Jewish festival of Passover begins at sundown Monday with a feast that's both universal and unique to families and communities around the world. Food Wednesday explores the merger of tradition and innovation at the seder table.

Handel: The Man, Mozart And 'Messiah'

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 1:22 p.m.

Kojo explores the history behind George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," and finds out what makes it one of the most enduring, yet misunderstood, pieces of all time.

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