History

Fortune's Bones

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012 at 12:27 p.m.

A human skeleton displayed in a Connecticut museum piqued curiosity and sparked speculation for years. In 1996 historians began to unlock the mysteries held in the bones, finding they belonged to a slave named Fortune, and were to use as a...

A Local Music History Lesson: The Fugazi Live Series

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Ian MacKaye, founding member of the D.C. band Fugazi, joins Kojo to talk about a new online archive of hundreds of the group's performances.

Whiskey: A Primer

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

Not sure what the difference between whiskey and rye or bourbon and Scotch is? We learn about all the different kinds of whiskey, and how they're enjoyed.

A Political and Culinary History of Thanksgiving

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.

We explore the evolution of Thanksgiving across American cultural and culinary history.

Washington's Jewish Community & The Civil War

Monday, Oct 24, 2011 at 12:25 p.m.

A surprising number of Jews participated in the Civil War on both sides, as cabinet members, spies, and foot soldiers. We explore some of the colorful personalities and dramatic stories of the time.

Why U.S.Troops Are Heading to Uganda...

Monday, Oct 17, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

On Friday, President Obama announced plans to send 100 soldiers to Uganda to help fight an insurgent army that has terrorized the Central African region for two decades. The White House insists the mission is narrowly focused, but critics...

Humankind's Most Peaceful Era?

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

Steven Pinker's latest book, "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined" (Viking) chronicles a drop in violence across millennia. Despite what you read in the paper or hear on the evening news, we may be living in the most peaceful era man has ever known.

Bonds of Slavery and "Songs of Slaves in the Desert"

Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at 1:32 p.m.

Known to many NPR listeners for his reviews of books, Alan Cheuse is also a prolific author. We talk to him about his latest novel "Songs of Slaves in the Desert: A Novel of Slavery and the Southern Wild".

Men Who Changed Their Times

Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

The past 24 hours brought news of the deaths of three men whose individual accomplishments have left a great legacy on us all. Kojo takes a moment to recall the life and impact of civil rights legend Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Apple founder...

Architecture & Security: The Legacy of 9/11 on Government Buildings

Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

In the ten years since September 11th, 2001, security imperatives have transformed Washington's built environment...

A Musical History of Louis Armstrong (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Sep 5, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo chats with Ricky Riccardi, the author of a new biography focusing on the Louis Armstrong's golden years.

The First Printing of Shakespeare's Plays On Display in Washington

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Eighteen of Shakespeare's plays--including "Julius Caesar," and "Macbeth"-- survived only because they were included in what became known as the First Folio, a volume of his work published in London in 1623. Over the centuries, the...

Too Secret? Rethinking Government Classification

Monday, Aug 15, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

President Obama came to the White House pledging to change the culture of government secrecy. But last year, the nearly 77 million government documents were deemed too sensitive public consumption...

The Evolution of Precision Measurement: NIST's Archive

Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.

Wooden heads of various sizes. Assorted boxes with dials. Each item in storage is a mystery waiting to solved ...

Past Meets Present: The Cold War's Legacy

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

What today's rioters in London might learn from the Cold War's legacy on Caribbean nations. How domestic and international policy and public opinions can be manipulated to win one's own advantage...

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