Public Safety

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.

Your Turn: NFL's Abuse Turmoil, Scotland Votes, Spying on the Rise

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

On the show where you set the agenda, Kojo examines the latest child and domestic abuse scandals in the NFL, the Scottish independence vote, spying and cellphones -- and anything else on your mind.

One Year Later: Lessons Learned from the Navy Yard Shooting

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.

It's been almost a year since defense contractor Aaron Alexis opened fire and killed 12 at the Navy Yard in the District. The event raised questions about emergency response coordination between the city and DoD, the security clearance...

DC Traffic Tickets

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

D.C. takes in $179 million each year from traffic citations, many of which come from the 87 automated speed cameras now dotted around the District. We explore a new report that says the machines have been issuing false tickets.

Military Tactics and Reporters Rights in Ferguson, MO

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Six days after an unarmed black 18-year-old was killed by police in Ferguson, MO, the small city in the suburbs of St. Louis is in the national spotlight. The shooting immediately raised troubling questions about race and the criminal...

Your Turn

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

The NCAA considers letting the top five sports conferences set looser scholarship rules, the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit comes to a close and a guitarist sues Metro so he can play for tips there. It's your turn to set the agenda.

Teaching Computers to Understand Sarcasm

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Marketers, diplomats and even the FBI are trying to teach computers to understand the avalanche of Tweets and Facebook posts. We explore the exploding field of sentiment mining.

House Bound: Baltimore and the Youth Curfew Debate

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 1:28 p.m.

Starting next month, Baltimore's youth will be subject to one of the strictest curfews in the nation. Kojo explores the public safety and civil rights questions behind keeping kids indoors at night.

"Hazard Above": Drones and Public Safety

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 12:36 p.m.

Unmanned aerial drones have transformed the way America wages war and collects intelligence abroad. Beginning next year, commercial drones are expected to expand rapidly within the United States. But what happens when a drone falls from...

Asthma, Poverty and Public Health

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

When President Barack Obama unveiled new environmental regulations to cut carbon emissions, he claimed it could prevent 100,000 asthma attacks per year. Kojo explores the far-reaching affects of a disease that affects 25 million Americans.

Immigration Crisis: Kids Crossing the Border

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

A surge of children crossing the U.S. border from Central America is bringing new scrutiny to the treatment of detained migrants. We discuss the debate about the reasons for the wave of young arrivals.

It's Your Turn

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

It's your turn to weigh in on the week's headlines, including the wild week in Virginia politics.

Ban the Box in D.C.

Monday, Jun 9, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Last week, the DC Council moved legislation forward that would help former prisoners get past the first hurdle in job hunting. We explore the issues around "Ban the Box" legislation.

Leadership Changes at the DC Fire Department

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe announced his retirement after three years at the helm of the troubled department. We look at his tenure and what's next for D.C.'s emergency services.

True Tales of American Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues (Rebroadcast)

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Americans have always been fascinated by criminals, immortalizing notorious bad guys on screen and on the page. But many of our most diabolical and misguided citizens have been overlooked by history books. Paul Martin highlights a colorful...

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