Leisure & Lifestyle

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 History Of Black Barber Shops (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Modern black barber shops are civic, cultural and business institutions in many major cities. Their history, however, is complicated, shifting from places where only white men were served to the democratic social spaces of today in just over a century. We consider the political and social movements brought that change about and the role these shops play in communities now.

Family Economics: Living On The Brink Of Poverty

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

A new report says one in three women in the U.S. lives at or near the brink of poverty. We explore family economics and the national debate over how to help.

Predicting The Future Of Tech In 2014 And Beyond

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

We explore how technology is changing our world, from the "Internet of things" that generate and transmit data about us to quantum computers that may soon think like humans.

Computer Guys And Gal

Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

With the Consumer Electronics Show under way in Las Vegas, the Computer Guys and Gal explore what 2014 will bring, from 4K TV to wearable tech to the potential demise of passwords.

History Of The Folger Shakespeare Library

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

This year, Shakespeare fans the world over will be marking 450 years since the birth of the "Bard of Avon." We talk to the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library about the history of the institution, how they're marking this banner year and why the work of England's preeminent poet and playwright continues to resonate with modern American readers.

The History Of Black Barber Shops

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

Modern black barber shops are civic, cultural and business institutions in many major cities. Their history, however, is complicated, shifting from places where only white men were served to the democratic social spaces of today in just over a century. We consider the political and social movements brought that change about and the role these shops play in communities now.

Recreational Marijuana Now Legal In Colorado

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

As of Jan. 1, those who wish can now purchase recreational pot in some 40 stores across the state of Colorado. We explore the seismic shifts taking place in the debate over marijuana.

The Next Generation Of Online Maps (Rebroadcast)

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

The 7-year-old Google Maps is getting a bold re-design as online mapping becomes more personalized, interactive and mobile. We explore the push toward 3-D, real-time digital maps.

"The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

A surprise winner at this year's National Book Award, James McBride's latest novel takes on the story of abolitionist John Brown's doomed raid on the arsenal at Harper's Ferry.

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