Music

Mining New Political Data: Music And Politics

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.

As Election 2012 enters its final stretch, both parties are experimenting with new data sources -— like music preferences or web searches -- to glean insights about potential voters.

Washington's Evolving Identity: How Chocolate City Is Changing

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.

How race, class and identity intersect. Exploring the links between the District's neighborhoods, people and homegrown go-go music.

Beyond Barney: The Wild World Of Local Kids Music (Rebroadcast)

Wednesday, Jul 4, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.
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From "My Brother Threw Up On My Stuffed Toy Bunny" to the science-friendly "Echolocation," today's kids are rocking out to a lot more than "Old MacDonald Had A Farm." We've got music guaranteed to make everyone smile, from age 1 to 81.

"Bad Brains: A Band in DC"

Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo chats with a member of the legendary D.C. hardcore band Bad Brains and the directors of a new documentary about the group.

Remembering Guitar Legend Doc Watson

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 12:39 p.m.

You could say he stood at the crossroads of American Music. Legendary guitarist and folk singer Doc Watson died Tuesday at age 89. We talk about his music and influence.

Remembering Go-Go Godfather Chuck Brown

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.
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We remember Chuck Brown, the pioneer of go-go music, a sound that's completely unique to Washington's musical identity. Brown died at 75 on Wednesday.

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.

Remembering Bluegrass Pioneer Earl Scruggs

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 1:42 p.m.

He helped define the bluegrass sound and redefine the banjo. Earl Scruggs died Wednesday at age 88...

Beyond Barney: The Wild World of Local Kids Music

Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.
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From "My Brother Threw Up on my Stuffed Toy Bunny" to the science-friendly "Echolocation" -- today's kids are rocking out to a lot more than "Old MacDonald had a Farm." We've got music guaranteed to make everyone smile - from age 1 to 81...

Songs of Love, Lust, and Longing

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Truly great songs of love, affection and attraction from the transcend time and continue to pull on heart strings decades after they were written....

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.

Bluegrass' Top 50

Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 at 12:29 p.m.

WAMU's Bluegrass Country host Lee Michael Demsey explores the trends that are influencing today's bands, and shares the best of today's bluegrass.

Hazing in the Spotlight

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

The death of a college drum major from Florida A&M University after a hazing incident has set off a firestorm of debate. The culture of marching bands, in particular those at historically black colleges, is now under scrutiny.

Songs of the Solstice

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 at 1:37 p.m.
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We're celebrating the change of seasons with a local folk-rock pioneer.

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