Society

Contemporary Religion on Capitol Hill

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

The interdenominational National Community Church serves a range residents in and around D.C., including Hill staffers and the homeless. We talk with lead pastor and founder Mark Batterson about the growth of the faith community.

The Future of D.C.'s Marijuana Debate

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Both Maryland and the District moved recently to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, but activists in D.C. are pivoting to a new effort to legalize marijuana entirely.

Social Security Changes Course on Old Debts

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

Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher joins Kojo to explore the Social Security Administration's decision to stop efforts to collect on old taxpayer debts to the government.

New Rules on Handling Sexual Assault in D.C.

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Last year, a controversial Human Rights Watch report harshly criticized the Metropolitan Police Department's handling of sexual assault cases. The MPD disputed some of the findings of that report, noting internal reforms were already...

New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

The New Yorker's longtime cartoon editor joins us to talk about the serious business of being funny.

Personal Banking Technology

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

A new report says half of all Americans haven't set foot inside a bank branch in the last month. Tech Tuesday considers the changing tools that allow customers to conduct their banking business on their own terms.

America's Newest Veterans and Fort Hood

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

According to a recent survey by The Washington Post, more than half the of the 2.6 million veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq are now struggling with issues related to their physical and mental health. The gunman who opened fire...

Gallaudet University's 150th Anniversary

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

As Gallaudet University celebrates 150 years as a preeminent school for the deaf, it looks ahead at the future of higher education and changes in its Northeast D.C. neighborhood.

Fort Hood Shooting Update

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

An Iraq war veteran opened fire Wednesday at a military base in Texas, a shooting that left four dead and more than a dozen wounded. Kojo chats with Craig Whitlock, a reporter at The Washington Post, for an update on the latest at Fort Hood.

Scott Weems: "Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why"

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems joins Kojo to discuss the latest scientific research that looks to explain why jokes and well-timed quips cause us to smirk, giggle and even burst out laughing.

School Choice In D.C.

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

For the 2014-2015 school year, D.C. piloted its first unified school application lottery, incorporating both traditional public schools and public charter schools into a single application process. As parents learn the results of their applications, we explore school choice in D.C.

Overprotected Kids

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

From ultrasafe playgrounds to helicopter parenting, today's kids may be missing out on the freedom, risks and failure that once helped them to navigate the world later as adults. A new article in The Atlantic explores what today's parenting trends mean for kids' development.

Coping With Rising Food Prices

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

In February, food prices rose more than they have in any month since 2011, and forecasters expect the trend to continue. We consider the variety of local and global factors behind the numbers and learn how to stretch food budget dollars while maintaining a healthy diet.

State Of The Race: D.C.'s 2014 Primary

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Washington City Paper editor Mike Madden joins Kojo to discuss the results of a poll his newspaper commissioned along with The Kojo Nnamdi Show about the state of local politics in Washington, D.C.

Behind The Scenes At Local Public Libraries

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Over the last decade, public libraries have changed and evolved rapidly to meet patron demand. Directors must balance the budget, find new ways to use existing space and manage collections that include books and resources, both tangible and virtual. We talk with directors of three local systems about the role of the library in our modern communities.

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