Leisure & Lifestyle

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.

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