Leisure & Lifestyle

Food and Faith: Meals for Passover and Easter

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

This is a week when religious traditions influence the menu at festive family gatherings. We explore the link between faith and holiday food traditions in homes around the world.

John Feinstein: Baseball's Minor Leagues

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 1:23 p.m.

Sports writer and author John Feinstein explores the long bus rides, low pay and inner struggles of minor league baseball players striving to make the leap to the majors.

Protecting Against A New Online Security Threat

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

The newly-discovered but two-year-old Heartbleed software bug raises new concerns about collective security and personal passwords online.

New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

The New Yorker's longtime cartoon editor joins us to talk about the serious business of being funny.

Overprotected Kids

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

From ultrasafe playgrounds to helicopter parenting, today's kids may be missing out on the freedom, risks and failure that once helped them to navigate the world later as adults. A new article in The Atlantic explores what today's parenting trends mean for kids' development.

Northwestern Football Union Ruling

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

A regional branch of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that scholarship players on Northwestern University's football team qualify as employees and can unionize—allowing them to seek more in scholarships, concussion testing and better medical coverage.

Behind The Scenes At Local Public Libraries

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Over the last decade, public libraries have changed and evolved rapidly to meet patron demand. Directors must balance the budget, find new ways to use existing space and manage collections that include books and resources, both tangible and virtual. We talk with directors of three local systems about the role of the library in our modern communities.

The Future Of Amateurism In College Sports

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

As football players at Northwestern University attempt to form a union, we explore legal and ethical questions about money in college sports and the rights of student athletes.

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.

Douglas Rushkoff On "Generation Like" And "Present Shock"

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Tech Tuesday explores how our devices are running our lives, turning teens on social media into an army of advertisers and trapping us all in the present moment.

Upscaling Comfort Food

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Mac 'n cheese and truffle oil. Pop tarts made from scratch. Many local chefs and restaurants are updating favorites of yesteryear with high end ingredients, new techniques and upscale prices. We examine the power of nostalgia and food, and the flavors that recall our favorite home-cooked meals.

Do Brain Training Games Work?

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

An explosion of brain training games has people using apps and software programs to improve memory and reasoning. One study says the positive effects can last a decade. Skeptics disagree.

Shaping The City: Architecture And Empty Spaces

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

As parking lots, community gardens and abandoned buildings give way to development, we explore the city's disappearing empty spaces.

Deep Learning: Teaching Computers To Think Like People

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

The pioneer of "deep learning" explains how computers can learn to think by mimicking the brain's system of neural networks, and how Google and others are using that ability.

Behind D.C.'s Movie Theater Boom

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Over the next few years, the number of movie screens in the District will double. We explore the theater resurgence and find out how the new venues will change moviegoing in the District's neighborhoods.

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