Leisure & Lifestyle

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.

"Miss Manners Minds Your Business:" Etiquette In The Workplace (Rebroadcast)

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

Whether you're a cubicle dweller or occupy a corner office, proper protocol in the office has changed drastically in recent years. Enter Miss Manners, aka Judith Martin, who takes on everything from email etiquette to office dress codes in a new book.

"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.

2013 Winter Reading (Rebroadcast)

Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

The weather outside has turned frightful, which means it's time to hunker down with a good book. We round up favorites from the year past and find out what you're reading now.

Tech Tuesday: Preserving Family History (Rebroadcast)

Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Our most precious family history --old letters, home movies, photo albums--often end up in basements or attics--the worst possible place to preserve these materials. We explore high and low tech ways to protect and store family memorabilia, and the smartest way to migrate different materials to digital formats.

The Science and Psychology of Personal Fitness

Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Research shows that fitness must be more than an annual resolution soon forgotten. We explore the hot fitness trends in the region and examine what types of exercise work best.

Shaping The City: Transportation Transformation In 2014

Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Architect Roger Lewis and Arlington County Board member Chris Zimmerman explore how new streetcars and a new Metro line will will re-shape transportation in our region in 2014.

Cookbooks: 2013 Year In Review

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

We review some of the standout cookbooks published in 2013 with Washington Post recipe editor Bonnie Benwick.

Coping With Curveballs: Life's "Official Rules"

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.

Author Paul Dickson has spent decades gathering the everyday axioms and principles that help us cope with life's curve balls. He joins Kojo to discuss the more than 5,000 "official rules" for living that keep us sane amid bad days and bad luck.

Training And Norms For Sign Language Interpreters

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

We explore the training and norms for sign language interpreters after the embarrassment at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

2013 Winter Reading

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

The weather outside has turned frightful, which means it's time to hunker down with a good book. We round up favorites from the year past and find out what you're reading now.

Tensions Over Tipping Restaurant Workers

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.

As D.C. decides not to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers, we explore the tension over tipping for good service versus tipping to complete a worker's pay.

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