Authors

John Feinstein: Baseball's Minor Leagues

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 1:23 p.m.

Sports writer and author John Feinstein explores the long bus rides, low pay and inner struggles of minor league baseball players striving to make the leap to the majors.

New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

The New Yorker's longtime cartoon editor joins us to talk about the serious business of being funny.

The Legacy Of Nuclear Power

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

Kojo explores our historical love-hate relationship with the power, potential and peril of nuclear energy.

School Choice In D.C.

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

For the 2014-2015 school year, D.C. piloted its first unified school application lottery, incorporating both traditional public schools and public charter schools into a single application process. As parents learn the results of their applications, we explore school choice in D.C.

Joe Dobrow: "Natural Prophets"

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Author Joe Dobrow discusses his new book about the entrepreneurs and ideals that shaped today's natural food industry.

P.J. O'Rourke On Baby Boomers, Retirement And Nostalgia

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Political satirist, journalist and frequent "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!'" panelist P.J. O'Rourke joins Kojo in studio.

Sylviane Diouf: "Slavery's Exiles"

Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

They are known as "maroons:" escaped slaves who lived on the margins of settlements throughout the southern U.S. A new book explores how and where they lived, and what day-to-day survival meant for those who fled slavery.

The Enduring Popularity Of Sherlock Holmes

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

A popular BBC series and a lawsuit over whether his stories are in the public domain are drawing attention once again to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of one of literature's most iconic characters: Sherlock Holmes. We consider the enduring appeal of the "canon" of four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes and Watson, and the many interpretations they've inspired on page and screen.

Rebroadcast: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 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. We speak with McBride about the novel, as well as the band he formed to play music that inspired Brown.

Rebroadcast: Gary Shteyngart: "Little Failure"

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Gary Shteyngart's latest work is a memoir of life as the child of Russian immigrants struggling to make it in Queens, N.Y. It's a scathingly funny yet loving portrait of parents whose affection is expressed through regular put-downs (his mother's nickname for him inspired the book's title), but also a powerful love.

The Real Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr. (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch argues that while we invoke Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name frequently, few understand the principles he championed or the history of race relations in America.

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.

Scott Stossel: "My Age Of Anxiety"

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Atlantic magazine editor Scott Stossel's new book explores his own acute anxiety disorders and attempts at treatment, as well as the fascinating science and history behind these psychological conditions.

Sue Monk Kidd: "The Invention Of Wings"

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Novelist Sue Monk Kidd weaves the true story of Sarah and Angelina Grimke into her latest work of fiction. We talk with Kidd about the novel, her inspiration and her work.

Gary Shteyngart: "Little Failure"

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Best known for his knife-sharp satire in novels like "A Super Sad True Love Story" and "Absurdistan," Gary Shteyngart's latest is a memoir of his life in the U.S. as the child of immigrants from the Soviet Union.

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