"The Gatekeepers"

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

For decades the Israeli internal security service known as Shin Bet has labored in the shadows to thwart terrorist attacks. We explore "The Gatekeepers," a new documentary.

"The Entertainer"

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 12:23 p.m.

Lyle Talbot's Hollywood career spanned four decades, from near-stardom alongside Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis to roles in Ed Wood's famously terrible B-movies. Margaret Talbot's new book paints a portrait of her father and Tinseltown's golden years in "The Entertainer."

Mike Birbiglia: "Sleepwalk With Me"

Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 at 1:37 p.m.

The stand-up comic and frequent contributor to This American Life on life, his career and his new movie, which was co-written by Ira Glass.

The Pentagon's "Hollywood Liaison"

Thursday, Jul 19, 2012 at 1:31 p.m.

Kojo chats with the Defense Department's official liaison to the film industry.

La Source: Helping a Haitian Village Survive

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 1:35 p.m.

A university janitor is the unlikely subject of a documentary film. But in his home country of Haiti, Josue Lajeunesse is helping his village survive.

Local Movie Making For The Masses

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 at 12:35 p.m.

Can a decent camera, a laptop and a creative vision really spell success in the movie business? For one Washington, D.C., filmmaker, those elements--plus local talent and $20,000--resulted in "Ultrasonic," the first award-winning feature...

Modern Day Piracy: Motivations & Tensions among Somali Pirates

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:33 p.m.

It can be extraordinarily dangerous work, but the payoffs are big. And in a land where life is hard - filled with famine, poverty, and war -- is it so wrong to crave luxuries like cellphones and SUVs?

Rasta & Reggae: Bob Marley's Legacy

Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 12:31 p.m.

He's a true global icon, despite having died more than forty years ago. We explore how Pan Africanism in Jamaica and the challenging history of the Rasta spiritual path influenced musical legend Bob Marley.

Awards and Arrests in Iranian Cinema

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

The Iranian film "A Separation" won the Oscar for best foreign film this year. Despite officially celebrating the victory, Iranian authorities have been cracking down on some of the country's most distinguished filmmakers.

Environmental Filmmaking As Advocacy

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 at 1:36 p.m.

Can a really good documentary film change the way we think and act? As the D.C. Environmental Film Festival gears up for its twentieth anniversary year, Kojo explores the evolution of advocacy films and examines what it takes for a film to...

Cafeteria Man: Transforming School Lunch in Baltimore

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Not only did he ban "mystery meat," he set up a farm to teach the kids to grow the food they eat for lunch in school. "Cafeteria Man" and nutrition reformer Tony Geraci is in studio.

How to Make a Movie in Washington D.C.

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Why it's so hard to shoot a movie in the District and what that means for local filmmakers and audiences alike.

Cultural Deja Vu with Kurt Andersen

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Kurt Andersen of Studio 360 fame joins Kojo to talk about the stagnant state of popular culture.

A Local Music History Lesson: The Fugazi Live Series

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Ian MacKaye, founding member of the D.C. band Fugazi, joins Kojo to talk about a new online archive of hundreds of the group's performances.

Diversity on Screen

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.

Are the characters you see on TV and in the movies as diverse as our society is? We talk about the roles available for minority actors.

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