History

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

Wednesday, Jul 11, 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.

"Barack Obama: The Story"

Thursday, Jul 5, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo chats with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Maraniss about his new biography of President Barack Obama.

Strolling Through History: Civil War Tourism Around DC

Monday, Jul 2, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we explore well-known and well-hidden landmarks in the Washington region.

When History And Pop Culture Collide

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

The Hatfields and the McCoys. Oliver Stone's JFK. Roots: the miniseries. Hollywood often uses real history as a backdrop for dramatic stories, but you can't always tell where truth ends and fiction begins.

Developing The McMillan Water Filtration Site

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

After decades of wrangling, the District has big plans for developing this historic 25-acre site.

Resurrecting The Chesapeake's Culinary History

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Chef Spike Gjerde is trying to reconnect eaters to our region's rich culinary history. Few other restaurants can and pickle their own locally grown produce for use later in the year. And even fewer convince local farmers to start growing once popular but now unknown vegetables.

Backyard Planet Gazing - The Transit of Venus

Monday, Jun 4, 2012 at 1:43 p.m.

On June 5 at 6:03 p.m., Venus will appear as a small black dot floating across the surface of the sun. We explore the history and science of the Transit of Venus.

Remembering Guitar Legend Doc Watson

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 12:39 p.m.

You could say he stood at the crossroads of American Music. Legendary guitarist and folk singer Doc Watson died Tuesday at age 89. We talk about his music and influence.

Fashion, Image and Influence with Robin Givhan

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Fashion critic Robin Givhan and Kojo talk about fashion's gender divide, status as art, and competitive dressing.

A Genetic Portrait : What's in America's DNA?

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

Surprising facts and challenging insights are being revealed regularly now that geneticists are applying DNA testing to ideas about history and human migration. What one world-famous geneticist is finding out about America's shared past...

To The Mountaintop: Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:37 p.m.

For more than 40 years, she's been a reliable and engaging journalist on public radio and television. But did you know Charlayne Hunter-Gault was a civil rights pioneer while still a teenager...

Wine, Weather and Wiles: The History and Culture of Local Wine

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

You've heard of eating local, but what about drinking local? We take a look at the ways weather, culture and history conspire to create wines unique to the area.

Clothing Size Conundrum

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Find clothing size variations frustrating? It's not you - it's the clothes.

Remembering Bluegrass Pioneer Earl Scruggs

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 1:42 p.m.

He helped define the bluegrass sound and redefine the banjo. Earl Scruggs died Wednesday at age 88...

Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Making History Accessible and Relevant

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 12:25 p.m.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad leads a world-renowned research facility on black history in America. He discusses the challenge of bringing that history to a younger generation...

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