Law

Domestic Surveillance: Verizon Releases Phone Records

Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

The Guardian newspaper revealed the second largest phone company in the U.S., Verizon, is handing over millions of private phone records to government agencies. We explore the legal, political and privacy issues around domestic surveillance.

A New Era In Prosecuting Crimes Against Humanity?

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 1:23 p.m.

With the trial of Gen. Jose Efrain Rios Montt, Guatemala became the first country to try a former leader domestically for genocide.

SCOTUS Upholds Maryland's DNA Collection Law

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo explores the significance of the Supreme Court upholding a Maryland law that allows police to collect DNA samples when booking people arrested, but not yet convicted, for serious crimes.

Boosting Voter Turnout in Local Elections

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

All too often, city officials are elected with only 10 or 20 percent of registered voters participating. We look at efforts in Takoma Park and elsewhere to boost voter turnout for local races.

Community Funded Development

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

We look at how crowdfunded investment might shape development locally and nationwide.

Deals For Developers In DC: A WAMU Investigative Report

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo talks with WAMU reporters Patrick Madden and Julie Patel about their investigative series detailing the influence of money in D.C. politics and public policy.

'We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks'

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

Oscar-winning documentary filmmmaker Alex Gibney joins Kojo in the studio to discuss his latest work, which explores the history of Wikileaks and the personal stories of Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.

Thomas Drake: The Case Of A Whistle-Blower

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo chats with Thomas Drake, a former official at the National Security Agency who became the target of a high-profile leak case -- a flashpoint in debates about whistle-blowers and national security.

Justice Department Seizes Journalist Phone Records

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.
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The Justice Department is in hot water after allegedly collecting phone logs of journalists to ferret out a leaker.

Farming, Genetic Patenting And The Supreme Court

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously in favor of Monsanto in a case that involved the company's patents for genetically modified soybeans. We explore what the ruling means for the future of our food system.

Senate Opens Debate On Immigration Bill

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Border fences, visas for gay partners and immigrants' IQs are just some of the issues swirling around the bipartisan immigration bill. We parse the proposal that's up for debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Jailhouse Racketeering: Who Controls Our Prisons?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Thirteen jail guards helped a gang deal drugs and launder money from inside the Baltimore City jail, according to recent indictments. Kojo explores the prevalence of gangs and racketeering inside our prisons.

Sexual Assault In The Military

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo explores how the military's justice system helps or hinders victims of sexual assault, and looks at efforts to reform the system.

FBI's 'Most Wanted Terrorist' List: Assata Shakur

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Assata Shakur, a black militant, was convicted of killing a New Jersey State Trooper in 1973. Last week, the FBI added Shakur to their “Most Wanted Terrorist” list, sparking questions about why a 40-year-old case is again making headlines.

Virginia Ethics Investigations

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Virginia law doesn't require elected officials to disclose gifts given to their family members, but Gov. Bob McDonnell is facing questions about a donor picking up the $15,000 catering bill for his daughter's 2011 wedding. A reporter covering the story brings us up to speed on the players involved and possible fallout.

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