History

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.

Oktoberfest And Seasonal Beer

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 1:20 p.m.

As the cool weather settles in and the leaves start to turn, it's time to grab a sweater and a beer stein and head out to Oktoberfest. Kojo explores the autumn beers on tap in our area.

DC Public Libraries

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Amid fanfare over the many new and renovated libraries around the District, debate continues over what to do with the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, designed by modern master Mies van der Rohe.

Introducing the H Street Heritage Trail

Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

A revitalized H Street corridor has exploded in the past few years with bars and restaurants, but the area has a fascinating history. We explore the Greater H Street Heritage Trail, which opens this weekend.

Southern Dialects: Talkin' Tar Heel

Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 at 1:32 p.m.

Language can be political, as Yankee politicians quickly find out when giving speeches in the South. We explore the dialects of a changing South -- including North Carolina -- where transplants are influencing the language.

A Party Like No Other: America's First Conventions

Monday, Sep 3, 2012 at 1:32 p.m.

Political conventions haven't always been predictable, carefully choreographed parties. Starting with the first convention in 1831, these gatherings were rife with fighting, intrigue, nail-biting votes and even murder. We talk to a...

"Lawless:" The Real Story Of Virginia Bootleggers

Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Hollywood's movie "Lawless" opens later this month. It's based on the real-life story of a notorious Virginia bootlegging family. We get the story from a true insider.

Punishing Penn State, Rewriting History?

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

We examine the NCAA's punitive actions against Penn State's football program in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach.

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