Law

True Tales of American Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.

Americans have always been fascinated by criminals, immortalizing notorious bad guys on screen and on the page. But many of our most diabolical and misguided citizens have been overlooked by history books. Paul Martin highlights a colorful...

A Lime Shortage and Our Food Market

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 12:42 p.m.

Ninety-eight percent of the limes consumed in the U.S. come from Mexico, where a confluence of factors have led to a shortage of the fruit. We explore what's behind the spike in lime prices.

Fair Pay and the Workplace

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Although the Equal Pay Act has been on the books since 1963, court decisions over the years have weakened the law, and a culture of secrecy around salaries is still the norm in most workplaces. We explore the complex issues around pay equity.

The Future of D.C.'s Marijuana Debate

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Both Maryland and the District moved recently to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, but activists in D.C. are pivoting to a new effort to legalize marijuana entirely.

D.C. Decoded: Open Data, Open Government?

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 1:23 p.m.

All D.C. residents are expected to abide by the D.C. Code. But until recently, most residents didn't have direct online access to the code itself.

A Renewed Search For Joseph Kony

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

President Barack Obama ordered a new push in the hunt for the warlord Joseph Kony in Uganda, sending U.S. military aircraft for the first time.

New Insights Into The Underground Sex Economy

Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

A new landmark study by the Urban Institute explores the economics of the sex industry in Washington, D.C., and seven other major cities.

Kojo In Your Community: Public Safety In NoMa And Across The District

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier joins "Kojo In Your Community" to discuss how rapid changes in the NoMa neighborhood and across the city have affected public safety.

U.S. Attorney Pushes Forward In D.C. Shadow Campaign Probe

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

A prominent D.C. businessman on Monday admitted to financing an illegal shadow campaign to support Vincent Gray in the city's 2010 mayoral election. We explore the specific accusations made by the prosecutors in the case, and their implications for D.C.'s political system.

D.C. Shadow Campaign Leader Charged In Federal Court

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

The man at the center of D.C.'s 2010 shadow campaign scandal was formally charged this morning in federal court. We get the latest update from WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden and Politics Hour Analyst Tom Sherwood.

From Ukraine To Venezuela, Is There A Global Democracy Crisis?

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

From Ukraine to Egypt to Venezuela, some see a recurring and distressing global pattern of popular protest movements failing to live up to their espoused democratic ideals. We consider whether democracy as a political idea is losing its luster around the world.

Local And National Marijuana Debate

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

We consider local debates and proposed legislation amid a changing national landscape around decriminalizing marijuana.

Phone Rates For Inmates

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 1:23 p.m.

New FCC rules capping rates for interstate phone calls to and from prisons went into effect recently. We speak to prisoner advocates and telecom companies about the change.

Crimes Against Humanity In North Korea

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

Last week, a U.N. Commission of Inquiry issued a report detailing crimes against humanity committed by the North Korean regime against its own people. We consider the report's moral implications and explore how other nations might react.

U.S. Diplomatic Ties To Ethiopia

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

In the Horn of Africa, solid U.S.-Ethiopia relations have been one constant in a region often beset by turmoil. We talk with current and former U.S. ambassadors to Ethiopia about the deep ties to the U.S., and where the two countries sometimes agree to disagree.

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