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.

Same-Sex Marriage In Virginia

Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Last week a federal judge in Norfolk, Va., struck down the commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage. We consider the implications of the ruling and find out where the case goes from here.

The Struggle To Boost Government Efficiency

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

After the rocky launch of, there's a renewed focus on how to boost government efficiency. We explore the challenges of making federal offices run more effectively.

After "Dr. V": Transgender Representation In Sports

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 12:23 p.m.

It started as an investigative story about a "scientifically superior" golf club. But when "Dr. V's Magic Putter" revealed -- without her consent -- that the inventor was transgender, the article quickly morphed into a cautionary tale. Kojo explores the ethics questions raised by the story, and how organized sports leagues have tried to accommodate trans athletes.

Heroin: Trends Locally And Nationally

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Last summer, a McLean, Va., high school student died last from a mix of heroin and a common antihistamine. We look at what's fueling an increase in heroin use locally and nationally, particularly among teens and young adults.

Ethiopian Voices: Blogging For Democracy

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo sat down with three pro-democracy bloggers during his recent visit to Ethiopia.

The Politics Hour - Jan. 24, 2014

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Jack Evans is in studio.

Future Of Virginia's Gay Marriage Ban

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

In a sharp reversal of his predecessor's legal position, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and wants to see it end.

The Real Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr. (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch argues that while we invoke Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name frequently, few understand the principles he championed or the history of race relations in America.

"The Burglary:" The Inside Story Of FBI Surveillance (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

A new book reveals the long-secret identities of the 1971 burglars who disclosed FBI documents that proved the agency was spying on black and anti-war activists.

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