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.

Pump Me Up

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

A new exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery explores D.C.’s subculture of graffiti, go-go, hardcore punk music and the influences that live on today.

The Political Culture Of The Commonwealth Of Virginia

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

From Patrick Henry to Bob McDonnell, the Virginia General Assembly is one of the oldest and quirkiest legislative bodies in America.

Digital Humanities

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

We’ll discover what digital humanities scholars are uncovering about the past and learn how some are thinking far in the future to preserve the culture of today.

"The Beautiful Music All Around Us"

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Musician Stephen Wade join us to explore the stories he unlocked when he set out to learn more about some of the most famous field recordings in American history.

The Real Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr.

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 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.

Food Technology And How It Shaped The Western Palate

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 1:20 p.m.

Kojo and a food historian look back at how food processors have influenced both our palates and our preference for what we eat, and find out how the industry is changing to meet modern taste and dietary demands.

"The Twelve Tribes of Hattie"

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 1:22 p.m.

First-time novelist Ayana Mathis got a big boost for her book "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" when it was selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. We talk with Mathis about her inspiration and the whirlwind of sudden fame.

"The World Until Yesterday"

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond on the many lessons we can learn from traditional cultures about universal issues like parenting, care of the elderly and conflict resolution.

Mapping Virginia (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Our region's early history through a new book featuring the most extensive map collection of Virginia's first 300 years.

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