Science

Chesapeake Bay Dead Zone

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

A stretch of the Chesapeake big enough to fill 2,000 Baltimore Ravens stadiums is once again a dead zone, lacking the necessary oxygen that fish, crabs, and shellfish need to survive. Kojo explores what's being done about it.

The Future of Medical Trials

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

For many patients, a diagnosis of serious illness is followed by a critical question: Do you want to participate in a clinical trial for a new treatment? Drugs and vaccines go through extensive testing before they enter widespread medical...

The Science of Sleep

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

New research is telling us more and more about sleep. We join two sleep doctors to explore the science of slumber.

"Citizen Canine" The Evolution of Our Pets

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Cats and dogs have become such a part of the family fabric that in many households, they're akin to children. "Science" journalist David Grimm joins Kojo to talk about how our connections to pets are changing laws, industries, and lives.

Virus Hunters: Ebola and Tracking Viral Threats

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo talks with global virus hunters about their work, the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa and how "medical diplomacy" is impacting health from the most remote village to the biggest metro area.

Robots & Pop Culture

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.

We consider the role of robots - whether cyborg, android or operating system - in our culture and what they tell us about ourselves.

Protecting Athletes: Concussions

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo explores steps professional and amateur sports organizations are taking, and not taking, to protect athletes from severe head injuries.

Invasive Bugs

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

They're the ultimate hitch-hikers: bugs that hop into cargo ships or suitcases and travel abroad. We'll explore how invasive species of bugs are damaging crops and annoying humans.

New Advice on Reading to Infants

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

New American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines encourage parents to read aloud to children daily, starting in infancy. We consider practical hurdles some families face in meeting that goal and the long-term benefits early exposure to complex language can bring.

Coding and the Computer Science Conundrum

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo explores local and national efforts to boost computer science competency, and learns how educators are revamping computational learning to give it relevance far beyond the classroom.

The Science of Hunger

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

Kojo explores the latest research on the science of hunger.

Proof: The Science of Booze

Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo explores the finicky world of booze making and the science behind our favorite cocktails.

Bill Nye "The Science Guy" (Rebroadcast)

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Bill Nye, a Washington native, joins Kojo to discuss how he got hooked on science and what he thinks can draw future generations into STEM fields.

Science Philanthropy

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

In a trend that some fear is leading to a "privatization of science," wealthy philanthropists are pouring millions into everything from genetic research to space exploration. At the same time, government funding is declining. We explore the issue.

Your Turn

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

From commencement speakers scared off by student protests to a court battle over citizenship in the Cherokee Nation, it's your turn to join the conversation about these and other news stories.

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