Society

'Station Eleven' by Emily St. John Mandel

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

In 'Station Eleven,' Emily St. John Mandel imagines a near future in which the population has been decimated by a fast-moving flu. In the aftermath, we follow a touring group of actors and musicians aiming to keep Shakespeare, and hope...

TT: Rumors Online

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

We explore rumors online, and why corrections don't spread nearly as widely as lies.

How's Life? Understanding And Measuring Well-Being

Monday, Oct 27, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

We explore the latest tools to measure well-being, and find out why the question, "How's life?" can affect policy and populations.

A Transportation Plan For Our Region

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Long-range transit plans for our region aim to hold car traffic steady while expanding other modes of transportation, including using congestion pricing for cars downtown.

Our Region's Fitness Craze

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

D.C. has been rated the fittest city in the country, and that's no surprise to those who've seen Crossfit "boxes," spinning studios and boutique fitness centers sprout around the city. We look at what's behind the fitness trend sweeping our region.

Science Behind Everyday Bias And Unconscious Judgments

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Diversity is now looked upon as a mainstream value in the United States. But research shows that for as much as we try to fight against them, we still carry unconscious biases that affect the decisions we make and the interactions we have with other people.

How Much Is Your School District Spending?

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

A local education think tank has released a new interactive tool that shows per-pupil spending across our region.

A Decade Of Documentaries In D.C.

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 1:31 p.m.

The "Decade of Docs in Our City" festival celebrates local filmmakers of short and feature length documentaries made in the Washington region.

Eula Biss: "On Immunity: An Inoculation"

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

In her latest book, National Book Award winner Eula Biss explores our conflicted relationship with vaccines.

Joan Biskupic: "Breaking In: The Rise Of Sonia Sotomayor"

Monday, Oct 13, 2014 at 12:28 p.m.

Veteran court biographer and journalist Joan Biskupic charts the rise of the Supreme Court's first Latina justice, and the mark she's already made on court decisions around hot-button issues like affirmative action.

Supreme Court Update

Monday, Oct 13, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

The Supreme Court is considering a number of hot-button issues, signaling what might lie ahead for same-sex marriage, voter ID laws and election districts.

Virginia Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.

A Supreme Court decision not to hear cases on same-sex marriage clears the way for gay marriage to begin in Virginia and four other states. Virginia's attorney general joins Kojo to talk about the implications.

Secret Service Bungles

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

A recent Washington Post article details a 2011 incident in which an attacker fired on--and hit--the President’s private residence. It took four days for the Secret Service to realize what had happened. We explore the implications for a security branch under fire.

Death & Tech: Grieving In The 21st Century

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

The widespread use of technology and social media is raising new questions about their role in mourning loved ones and about the disposition of our digital accounts after we die.

Nicholas Kristof: Transforming Lives Through Philanthropy

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristoff says philanthropy is important, but only if it really helps people. We talk with him about his new book, written with his wife, Shery WuDunn.

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