History

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...

Diversity, Beyond the Culture War

Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

We explore evolving approaches to organizational diversity, beyond old debates about "racial preferences"...

Building a Dream

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 1:39 p.m.

It will be the Smithsonian Institution's 19th museum and the final one built on the National Mall. The National Museum of African American History and Culture breaks ground this week.

What happened to the US National Slavery Museum?

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

After a flurry of early activity plans for a museum dedicated to the history of slavery have fallen fallow. We try to find out whether the US Museum of Slavery will ever be a reality.

Midnight Rising: A New Look at John Brown

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Harpers Ferry is only a few hours away; great for a hike or trip. But its more than that. It's arguably the location where the Civil War started, two years earlier than most people think...

An End to Black History Month?

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Some say this celebration of history is really a segregation of history. Others say devoting a month to the often-overlooked role of African Americans in our country's history is more necessary than ever. What do you say?

Humankind's Most Peaceful Era? (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 12:06 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.

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.

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