Society

Unplugged: Overcoming Our Digital Obsession

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Tech writer Paul Miller went offline for a year to see if it would make him a better person. We hear what it was like, and how you can take meaningful but less drastic steps to unplug.

News Literacy For Teens

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Teens today navigate a flood of viral emails, Facebook posts and Internet rumors, but many don't yet have the skills to sort fact from fiction. The News Literacy Project aims to teach middle and high school students to become more critical consumers of news and information.

Jailhouse Racketeering: Who Controls Our Prisons?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Thirteen jail guards helped a gang deal drugs and launder money from inside the Baltimore City jail, according to recent indictments. Kojo explores the prevalence of gangs and racketeering inside our prisons.

Trade Secrets & The Cookie Business: The Story Of 'Salty Oats'

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.

One of the best-kept secrets in Washington is a cookie recipe.

Sexual Assault In The Military

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo explores how the military's justice system helps or hinders victims of sexual assault, and looks at efforts to reform the system.

'The Book Of Woe'

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

In 1952, the American Psychiatric Association released the first edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as the DSM. Before the publication of a newly revised fifth edition later this month, we talk with an author and practicing psychotherapist about the history and future of the manual.

African American Service In The Civil War (Rebroadcast)

Monday, May 6, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Civil War scholar Ron Coddington has compiled a collection of portraits of these men and used the images as a jumping off point for telling their stories. He joins Kojo to help us understand the Civil War as they experienced it.

How Pizza Explains The Washington Region

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.

We explore the craft of making great pizza and what our area's pizza scene says about the region as a whole.

Virginia Ethics Investigations

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Virginia law doesn't require elected officials to disclose gifts given to their family members, but Gov. Bob McDonnell is facing questions about a donor picking up the $15,000 catering bill for his daughter's 2011 wedding. A reporter covering the story brings us up to speed on the players involved and possible fallout.

Game Changer? An American Male Athlete Comes Out

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Sports writer Dave Zirin joins Kojo to explore the significance of the first openly gay professional basketball player.

"Payback: The Case for Revenge"

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

Kojo explores the complexities of revenge, where it's appropriate and how it might be effectively deployed.

Michael Pollan: "Cooked"

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Michael Pollan helped start -- or at least spur -- the slow food movement by taking readers through the food chain and examining why and how we eat. Now, Pollan is taking to the kitchen in an effort to reclaim cooking as an enjoyable and important part of daily life.

Documerica: 1970s Photos Of The Environment And Society

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 12:22 p.m.

A new photography exhibit at the National Archives explores Documerica, a little-known Environmental Protection Agency project created in the 1970s. Photographers commissioned by the agency traveled around the country, capturing images of environmental pollution, as well as a changing society.

D.C. Toasts: The Black Mixology Club

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.

Prior to and during Prohibition, a number of African-American bartenders saw their craft as a gateway to the middle class in an era when many doors were closed to black workers. Kojo talks with historians and mixologists who are now unearthing the stories -- and the recipes -- behind that generation of African-American bartenders.

Local And National Reactions To The Boston Bombings

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo discusses local and national reactions to yesterday's events in Boston with Rep. Jim Moran.

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