Society

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.

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:28 p.m.

Zoos play a major role in preserving and protecting the animals that call them home. But during the past few years, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore had to scrape and claw to fight off its own extinction. The zoo's president and CEO joins us in the studio to reflect on its recent challenges and explore where it fits into the fabric of the Mid-Atlantic region.

The McDonnell Trial Gets Personal

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

The trial of Virginia's former governor and his wife on corruption charges got underway in Richmond this week, with the defense team aiming to dispel conspiracy charges with details of a broken marriage.

Rethinking Portion Size

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

As our nation struggles to get a handle on high obesity rates, portion sizes have been getting a makeover. Restaurants and manufacturers are replacing the 'bigger is better' approach with more modest servings. We consider the cultural...

Howard Ross on Defining Diversity in Media and Beyond

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

We talk with Howard Ross about what diversity means and how to engage in meaningful conversations about achieving it.

Discipline in Preschool

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

Traditional and charter schools in D.C. reportedly suspended 181 pre-K students during the 2012-13 school year. Many are shocked at the idea of suspending 4 year olds, but some educators say it's a necessary tool to maintain a positive learning environment.

The Future of Truth: Veteran Investigative Reporter Charles Lewis

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Veteran investigative reporter Charles Lewis' new book explores the critical role of journalists in taking on the powerful.

Bishop Mariann Budde

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

We speak with the first female bishop of the Episcopal Church's Washington Diocese, the Right Reverend Mariann Budde, about women in and outside of the clergy.

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.

Poet Lore Magazine

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:40 p.m.

Poet Lore Magazine is celebrating 125 years in print from its base in Bethesda, Maryland. We talk to co-editor Jody Bolz about the history of the publication and the role of poetry in modern lives.

Your Turn

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Germany outs an alleged double-agent selling secrets to the U.S., and D.C. bicyclists and drivers assail each other's manners. It's your turn to discuss these topics and more.

When Social Advocacy and Advertising Collide

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

From TV spots featuring interracial families to links between shiny hair and feminism, companies are embracing social issues -- and potential controversies -- that come with today's modern families.

Old Wounds & Oral History: The Aftermath of the Belfast Project

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

The "Belfast Project" collected oral histories from former combatants with a promise of confidentiality. Then British prosecutors forced Boston College to hand over tapes...

Old Bay & the Chesapeake's Identity

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

It's one of the flavors that defines life in the Chesapeake region: Old Bay Seasoning, the blend of herbs and spices that's been made in Maryland for nearly a century. Kojo explores the link between spice and regional identity - and what Old Bay has contributed to the culinary DNA of the Chesapeake region.

"The Stager" by Susan Coll

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 1:33 p.m.

Local author Susan Coll talks with Kojo about her satirical take on relationships and real estate in her new novel 'The Stager.'

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