Public Safety

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...

New Driver's Licenses Comply with REAL ID Act

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

The District of Columbia is set to issue drivers licenses that comply with federal law intended to make it harder for terrorists to get fake IDs. We look at how the change affects you.

Fraternities On and Off Campus

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:22 p.m.

The history of fraternities on American college campuses stretches nearly as far back as the beginning of higher education in the U.S. We consider the pros and cons of frat life for both the organizations and universities.

True Tales of American Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 1:35 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...

A Lime Shortage and Our Food Market

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 12:42 p.m.

Ninety-eight percent of the limes consumed in the U.S. come from Mexico, where a confluence of factors have led to a shortage of the fruit. We explore what's behind the spike in lime prices.

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