Society

Radio Diaries Revisited

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

Sixteen years ago, a group of teenagers from around the country were given tape recorders to document their lives for the series "Teenage Diaries." Two of the original diarists join us to talk about their lives today.

The Literature Of War

Monday, Nov 11, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

War and literature have long been linked. We revisit some classic works that continue to resonate today and consider the emerging hallmarks of fiction about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Ask A Slave" With Azie Dungey

Monday, Nov 4, 2013 at 1:33 p.m.

When D.C. native Azie Dungey returned to the region after college, she found work as an interpreter for local historic sites. As an African-American telling the story of a slave at Mount Vernon, she was asked questions both absurd and...

Candy Culture

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.

Halloween brings little goblins and ghouls to front doors in search of one thing: candy. We explore the history of candy and how these treats have shaped the American sweet tooth.

In The Tower: Kerry James Marshall

Monday, Oct 28, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art features the work of Kerry James Marshall, whose paintings reflect on American history through the lens of the African-American experience.

The Future Of Internet Governance

Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Ongoing fallout from NSA surveillance programs changes the tone of dialogue between U.S. and countries like Brazil at the annual Internet Governance Forum.

Aminatta Forna: "The Hired Man"

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Author Aminatta Forna is known for work -- fiction and non -- based in Sierra Leone, her father's homeland. Her latest novel is, instead, based in Croatia where she examines the questions that plague a community after a period of civil strife. Kojo talks with Forna about healing, hunting and gentrification in "The Hired Man."

Shaping The City: Setting Standards For Design

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Governments have certain tools at their disposal that can influence how buildings look and feel. But zoning codes and building height limits can only do so much to affect the aesthetic designs behind private projects. Architect and Washington Post columnist Roger Lewis returns to explore what makes for good design and whether it's possible for the public sector to impose design standards and private endeavors.

Women Opting Out Of The Workforce

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Whether "opting out" of a career track or scaling back job ambitions to raise a family, many women face their biggest challenge when it comes time to opt back into the workforce.

Behind Our Region's Education Headlines

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

From Title IX spending to later start times for high school students, we explore education issues in our region.

Howard Ross On Deciding Who's Essential

Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

The ongoing government shutdown has left many federal employers feeling frustrated by their status. We talk about the practical and emotional implications of the shutdown.

Shahan Mufti: "The Faithful Scribe"

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

Journalist Shahan Mufti describes himself as "100 percent American and 100 percent Pakistani." We talk with Mufti about the importance of storytelling for people and nations alike, and Pakistan's role in world events.

The Federal Workforce And Shutdown Politics

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Federal workers increasingly find themselves in the middle of partisan feuds. Recent political disputes over spending and the debt ceiling resulted in the so-called "sequester" -- and a cascade of furloughs and pay cuts for the federal work force. And congressional gridlock forces the threat of a government shutdown. We explore where the federal work force and the Washington region's economy fit into the gamesmanship of today's politics.

Shaping The City: Placemaking Through Public Art

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

In communities across the country, government agencies and city councils are pairing with individual artists and arts nonprofits to create a stronger sense of place through art.

"Miss Manners Minds Your Business:" Etiquette In The Workplace

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Whether you're a cubicle dweller or occupy a corner office, proper protocol in the office has changed drastically in recent years. Enter Miss Manners, aka Judith Martin, who takes on everything from email etiquette to office dress codes in a new book.

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