Writers In Schools Program

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.

The PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program brings resources both routine and unusual into D.C. classrooms. Copies of books for students to read are followed by a visit from the author who wrote the work. We talk with D.C.-based authors George Pelecanos and Dolen Perkins-Valdez about what keeps them going back to classrooms again and again.

The Literature Of War

Monday, Nov 11, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

War and literature have long been linked. We revisit some classic works that continue to resonate today and consider the emerging hallmarks of fiction about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Terry Teachout: "Duke: A Life Of Duke Ellington"

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

Wall Street Journal critic and author Terry Teachout joins Kojo to discuss the story behind the acclaimed American composer and his unusual process of composing.

Goli Taraghi: "The Pomegranate Lady And Her Sons"

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 1:36 p.m.

Goli Taraghi is a best-selling author in her native Iran whose work has been anthologized around the world. We speak with the author about her life and her work.

Candy Culture

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.

Halloween brings little goblins and ghouls to front doors in search of one thing: candy. We explore the history of candy and how these treats have shaped the American sweet tooth.

Aminatta Forna: "The Hired Man"

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Author Aminatta Forna is known for work -- fiction and non -- based in Sierra Leone, her father's homeland. Her latest novel is, instead, based in Croatia where she examines the questions that plague a community after a period of civil strife. Kojo talks with Forna about healing, hunting and gentrification in "The Hired Man."

Malcolm Gladwell: "David And Goliath"

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

The author of "The Tipping Point," "Blink" and "Outliers" joins Kojo to talk about his new book, "David and Goliath: Undergods, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants."

"The Investigator": A Real-Life Private Eye Tale In D.C.

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

Terry Lenzner is an investigative lawyer whose career extends from the "Mississippi Burning" trial of the Civil Rights era all the way to the Clinton impeachment scandal. He joins Kojo to reflect on his work both as a private and public investigator and to explore what he's learned about Washington, how it works and how it can be fixed.

Women Opting Out Of The Workforce

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Whether "opting out" of a career track or scaling back job ambitions to raise a family, many women face their biggest challenge when it comes time to opt back into the workforce.

Sandra Boynton: "Frog Trouble"

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 12:29 p.m.

Beloved children's author, illustrator and songwriter Sandra Boynton has gone country in her latest album, "Frog Trouble," with a roster of big-name stars lending their talents.

Shahan Mufti: "The Faithful Scribe"

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

Journalist Shahan Mufti describes himself as "100 percent American and 100 percent Pakistani." We talk with Mufti about the importance of storytelling for people and nations alike, and Pakistan's role in world events.

Dara Horn: "A Guide For The Perplexed"

Monday, Sep 30, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.

A brilliant software developer, Josie, creates a program to record and archive everything we do and say. A 19th-century scholar discovers a treasure trove of ancient documents in a Cairo "genizah," or synagogue's repository for holy items that cannot be discarded. The narratives in Dara Horn's new novel intersect when Josie is kidnapped in Egypt, raising questions about what it means to remember the past.

Gaining Ground: The History Of A Local Family Farm

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.

Local farmer and author Forrest Pritchard joins Kojo in the studio to explore our region's farming ecosystem and share tales from his quest to save his family's farm.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: "Americanah" (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Sep 2, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

"Americanah" is a novel that unfolds across three continents, raising questions about identity everywhere it goes. We talk with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about her latest work, her popular TED talks and her place in the world of literature.

How To Write Short

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

In a time-starved culture with a case of information overload, the skill of using fewer words may be the most effective writing technique of all.

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