Society

Too Few Cooks In The Kitchen: Local Restaurants Face Labor Shortage

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo asks experts why many local restaurant owners can't find enough qualified staff to run their kitchens and serve their diners.

A Conversation With Kaya Henderson

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

We speak with the District's Schools Chancellor about plans for the public school system.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: "Americanah"

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

"Americanah" is a novel that unfolds across three continents, raising questions about identity everywhere it goes. We talk with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about her latest work, her popular TED talks and her place in the world of literature.

Unconscious Bias And Debates About Race

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 12:29 p.m.

Social science research says we all carry unconscious bias that affects how we react to people different from us, in settings from medicine to criminal justice.

Tech Tuesday: Preserving Family History

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Our most precious family history --old letters, home movies, photo albums--often end up in basements or attics--the worst possible place to preserve these materials. We explore high and low tech ways to protect and store family memorabilia, and the smartest way to migrate different materials to digital formats.

The Story Of SCOTUSblog

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

SCOTUSblog is a little more than a decade old and runs on a budget of just a few hundred thousand dollars a year. But it's setting the pace for coverage of one of Washington's most challenging institutions to understand.

Shaping The City: Big Box Goes Urban

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:23 p.m.

Architect, urban planner and Washington Post columnist Roger Lewis joins Kojo to explore how big box retailers typically associated with the suburbs may soon be affecting the look and feel of urban neighborhoods in our region.

Reputations And Ratings Online

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

Keeping tabs of your online presence may be pretty straightforward for most people, but a growing number of companies and public figures are outsourcing the task to tech and PR companies eager to meet the demand. We find out what "online reputation management" entails and get tips for managing your own online presence.

Sheri Booker: "Nine Years Under: Coming Of Age In An Inner-City Funeral Home"

Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 1:28 p.m.

A Baltimore author joins us to talk about her experience growing up behind the scenes of the death care industry and explore how funeral homes fit into the fabric of urban communities.

Local Perspectives On The George Zimmerman Verdict

Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

While the George Zimmerman verdict may have settled the matter in court, it reignited conversations throughout the country -- and in our region -- about race, fairness and our justice system.

Aggression And Bullying At Home

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Bullying in schools and online has received a lot of attention over the last few years, with educators, safety advocates and media attention focusing in on the issue. A little explored piece of the problem, aggression among siblings, is just starting to get attention.

Safety In The Skies

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Thirty million Americans admit to being "anxious" fliers, but even the most intrepid air traveler might be shaken after two fatal crashes on U.S. soil in a matter of days. We explore the strengths and weaknesses of modern airplane technology and air traffic systems.

How Superman Explains America

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Author Glen Weldon joins us to explore what we can learn about the American psyche of several eras by studying Superman's place in them, from the days he spent fighting slot machines to the release of this summer's blockbuster flick, "Man of Steel."

Building New Downtowns In Prince George's County

Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 1:23 p.m.

Could New Carrollton be the next Silver Spring? Prince George's County, Md., wants to revitalize blighted areas and boost the local economy. We look at the possible locations and what redevelopment would mean for the county's future.

Documerica: 1970s Photos Of The Environment And Society (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, Jul 4, 2013 at 12:06 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.

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