Authors

"Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America"

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Baltimore's "Pope of Trash" joins Kojo to talk about his films, his new book and what he loves about Charm City.

Proof: The Science of Booze

Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo explores the finicky world of booze making and the science behind our favorite cocktails.

Gardening and Climate Change

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

With extreme weather becoming the norm, gardeners have to reconsider plant choices and garden care. We explore how the urban and suburban gardener can adapt to climate change, and even help offset some of its effects.

"American Panic:" Who Scares Us and Why

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Kojo joins author Mark Stein to explore the roots of American political panic, why it occurs, and how you can stay calm amid a politically fueled firestorm.

"China's Second Continent" with Howard French

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.

China has developed close ties with nations across the African continent through investment in infrastructure projects, purchase of mineral rights, and growing trade. Perhaps the biggest influence, though, will come from the million-plus Chinese migrants seeking their fortune on the continent.

Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Like the nature of white-collar work itself, the concept and design of the office has evolved over more than a century, from the counting-houses of nineteenth-century clerks to the cubicles we love to hate. Author Nikil Saval joins us to explore the history of our workspaces.

The Shifting Culture of American Fiction with Chad Harbach

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Author Chad Harbach joins us to consider the changing landscape of America's publishing industry.

Glenn Greenwald: State Surveillance And The Snowden Story

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo sits down with investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald to talk about his role in breaking news from documents stolen by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Kojo asks what's next in this groundbreaking story, and learns about the impact Greenwald's reporting has had on journalism and our security.

"Dream City" - Four Decades of Local D.C. History

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Two decades ago, journalists Tom Sherwood and Harry Jaffe set out to document the short and tumultuous history of local government in the District of Columbia. But today's D.C. is a different place from the one Sherwood and Jaffe wrote about in their 1994 book, "Dream City." They join Kojo in the studio chat about how the city's changed and what remains the same.

"Astonish Me" by Maggie Shipstead

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.

"Astonish Me" is a family drama set against the high-stakes and vibrant world of professional ballet during the Cold War. We talk with author Maggie Shipstead about her second novel, writing what you don't know and the value of solitude.

"A Farm Dies Once a Year"

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

Arlo Crawford grew up on New Morning Farm in Pennsylvania, which has been selling organic vegetables at in the District since the 1970s. The year he was 31, Crawford took a break from his job and returned to the farm for a growing season...

"In The Light Of What We Know" by Zia Haider Rahman

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

We talk to Zia Haider Rahman about his debut novel, the ties between geography and literature and his career thus far, which has included time as a banker, international human rights attorney and now author.

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.

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