'Station Eleven' by Emily St. John Mandel

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

In 'Station Eleven,' Emily St. John Mandel imagines a near future in which the population has been decimated by a fast-moving flu. In the aftermath, we follow a touring group of actors and musicians aiming to keep Shakespeare, and hope...

The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

A century and a half after his mysterious demise, Edgar Allan Poe's Gothic and macabre stories and poems continue to influence and inspire. We examine his local ties--in both Baltimore and Richmond--and the lore surrounding Poe and his works.

Leading From Behind: The Importance Of Being Number Two

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Richard Hytner spent his career climbing the corporate ladder, but as CEO, he realized he was both miserable and uncomfortable with the mounting responsibilities. In a new book, Hytner examines the realities of leadership and the importance of the advisers who keep those at the helm happy.

Azar Nafisi On Why We Read Fiction

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

The author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" laments the move away from fiction in American education, saying it's important not just in autocratic societies but democratic ones as well.

Eula Biss: "On Immunity: An Inoculation"

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

In her latest book, National Book Award winner Eula Biss explores our conflicted relationship with vaccines.

Daisy Hernandez: "A Cup Of Water Under My Bed"

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

A new memoir about growing up a bisexual Cuban-Colombian woman in an immigrant family outside New York City.

Gene Luen Yang On Graphic Novels, Diversity And 'The Shadow Hero'

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

Amid calls for greater diversity in books for young readers, graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang says authors and illustrators of all backgrounds must overcome the fear of creating characters with stories that don't mirror their own. We talk with Yang about the rising popularity of graphic novels, their role in education and how authors find the courage to create diverse characters.

Lawrence Wright: "Thirteen Days In September"

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo chats with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Lawrence Wright, whose newest work explores the leaders who reached an historic peace agreement in the Middle East 30 years ago.

Gene Weingarten & Eric Shansby on Comedy and Collaboration

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.

Gene Weingarten and Eric Shansby partner each week on the nationally syndicated "Below the Beltway" feature, written by the former and illustrated by the latter. Now, they're teaming up on a children's book 'Me & Dog' about a kid named Sid and his adoring dog, Murphy.

'Neverhome' by Laird Hunt

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo talks to Laird Hunt about the unlikely heroine of his critically acclaimed book "Neverhome," and her odyssey across some of history's grizzliest battlefields.

From Black Power to Education Reform with Howard Fuller

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

Kojo talks with education activist Howard Fuller about a career devoted to equality. We discover how his time spent in the Jim Crow South, his work as a community organizer and his experience in the Pan Africanism movement have influenced his work.

"The Impulse Society"

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Are Americans more driven toward short-term self-gratification than they were a few generations ago? Author Paul Roberts argues that during the past century, American values have shifted - to the point that our society now favors the...

Arthur Ashe

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.

A new biography explores how tennis great Arthur Ashe navigated the poles of radical activism and assimilation.

Preserving Summer's Bounty

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

From making chutney and jam to canning your own tomato sauce, preserving at home is enjoying a renaissance. Whether you're a beginner or expert, we share tips in building a year-round pantry.

"Adultery: A Novel" by Paulo Coelho

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

"Adultery: A Novel" explores the myriad of emotions - including apathy - adultery can inspire. Kojo talks with writer Paulo Coelho about the book, his craft and his 9 million-plus Twitter followers.

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