History

"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.

Foodie History: Cookbooks And American Food Culture

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Home cooks have long relied on cookbooks for inspiration and practical education in the kitchen. But cookbooks also serve as interesting historical documents.

Mapping Virginia

Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

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

Shaping The City: Washington's Landscapes

Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Architect and Washington Post columnist Roger K. Lewis returns to discuss how landscapes shape the face of Washington, and the challenge of maintaining them.

Remembering Lawrence Guyot

Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Lawrence Guyot's lifetime of activism spanned from the Mississippi Freedom Summer to local debates about the future of Ward 1 in Washington, D.C.

"Snow-Storm in August:" D.C.'s First Race Riot (Rebroadcast)

Friday, Nov 23, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

In 1835, a drunken slave entered his mistress' bedroom with an axe, setting in motion events that would lead to Washington's first race riot. We learn about the fascinating, and nearly forgotten, characters involved in the incident and its aftermath.

The Onion Book Of Known Knowledge

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

We check in with the editor of The Onion about their coverage of election 2012 and their latest book, “The Onion Book of Known Knowledge."

Butchers And The "Head-To-Tail" Movement

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

A growing "head-to-tail" movement is extolling the virtues of the other parts of the animal, such as the brains, liver and heart. We explore the virtues of "offal," and the economics of modern butchery.

A History Of Electoral Dysfunction

Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 1:27 p.m.

Electoral dysfunction -- including fraud and voter suppression -- isn't new. We speak with three eminent historians, also known as the American History Guys, about how today's presidential election compares with those of the past.

Cocktail Culture, History And Archaeology

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 1:35 p.m.

We consider the history -- and future -- of the cocktail and how what we imbibe says about our culture and others.

The Color Complex In The Black Community

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 1:27 p.m.

Kojo talks with author and activist Marita Golden about the dividing line of skin color within the African-American community.

George McGovern: A Historical Perspective

Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

George McGovern may be best known for losing one of the most lopsided presidential races in history, but he left an enduring impact on Washington -- and on a generation of politicians who followed him.

Washington's Lesser-Known Memorials

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Find out why there are memorials on federal land honoring victims of communism, a Czech patriot and women who died on the Titanic.

The Man Behind "A People's History:" Howard Zinn

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 1:32 p.m.

We talk with historian Martin Duberman about his new biography of Howard Zinn, which paints an intimate portrait of a complex and private man.

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