Politics

The Email Deluge from Political Campaigns

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

As the November elections approach, the wave of emails from political campaigns increases. We explore the strategy behind those fundraising and base-stirring missives.

Secret Service Bungles

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

A recent Washington Post article details a 2011 incident in which an attacker fired on--and hit--the President’s private residence. It took four days for the Secret Service to realize what had happened. We explore the implications for a security branch under fire.

The Price Of Progress In Rwanda

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

Twenty years after Rwanda's horrific genocide, President Paul Kagame is widely praised for dramatically reducing poverty and increasing life expectancy in his tiny, land-locked African nation. But critics say the economic progress comes at...

U.S. Airstrikes On Syria

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Yesterday the U.S. launched multiple pre-dawn airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria. We explore what it means for the U.S. and the region.

Criminalization Of Poverty

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

Debtors' prisons were outlawed in the U.S. nearly 200 years ago, but across the country, counties and cites are increasingly passing costs along to offenders, and people unable to pay are ending up in jail. We explore the issues.

Secret Service And Security Breaches

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Shortly after President Barack Obama and his family left the White House aboard Marine One on Friday evening, a fence jumper armed with a knife made it all the way through the front door of the residence before the Secret Service intercepted him in the North Portico. We consider the state of security at the White House and the balance between security and public access in a city filled with government buildings.

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo chats with U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) about a proposal to authorize the use of military force against Islamic extremists.

The Politics Hour - September 12, 2014

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Lorie Masters, a Democratic candidate for attorney general of the District of Columbia.

The Politics Hour - September 5, 2014

Independent D.C. Council candidate Robert White joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.

The Politics Hour

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Rushern Baker, the executive of Prince George's County, Maryland.

The Case for Free Money

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

The idea of the government giving all citizens enough money to get by seems a bit like socialism, but many libertarian conservatives are getting behind it. A basic income could replace entitlement programs, cut down on poverty rates, and...

The Politics Hour - August 22, 2014

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Angela Alsobrooks, the State's Attorney for Prince George's County, Maryland.

Legal Maneuvers on Same Sex Marriage in Virginia

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

In Virginia, same sex marriage is in legal limbo, and both sides are looking to the Supreme Court. We hear from a legal advocacy group seeking to uphold state's rights in defining marriage.

The Politics Hour - August 15, 2014

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Elissa Silverman, an Independent candidate seeking an at-large seat on the D.C. Council.

What Happens If DC Legalizes Marijuana?

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

This November, Washington voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana in the District. Kojo explores how Colorado and Washington state have fared since they legalized marijuana in 2012.

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