Authors

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.

History Of The Folger Shakespeare Library

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

This year, Shakespeare fans the world over will be marking 450 years since the birth of the "Bard of Avon." We talk to the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library about the history of the institution, how they're marking this banner year and why the work of England's preeminent poet and playwright continues to resonate with modern American readers.

The History Of Black Barber Shops

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 at 1:27 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.

Ancient Grains And Wild Greens (Rebroadcast)

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

Ancient dietary staples like farro, arugula and quinoa are making a comeback in modern recipes that are as much about flavor as nutrition. We consider the benefits and the industry behind these foods.

"The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 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.

2013 Winter Reading (Rebroadcast)

Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

The weather outside has turned frightful, which means it's time to hunker down with a good book. We round up favorites from the year past and find out what you're reading now.

Coping With Curveballs: Life's "Official Rules"

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.

Author Paul Dickson has spent decades gathering the everyday axioms and principles that help us cope with life's curve balls. He joins Kojo to discuss the more than 5,000 "official rules" for living that keep us sane amid bad days and bad luck.

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