Society

Ethiopian Voices: Blogging For Democracy

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo sat down with three pro-democracy bloggers during his recent visit to Ethiopia.

Rebroadcast: Gary Shteyngart: "Little Failure"

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Gary Shteyngart's latest work is a memoir of life as the child of Russian immigrants struggling to make it in Queens, N.Y. It's a scathingly funny yet loving portrait of parents whose affection is expressed through regular put-downs (his mother's nickname for him inspired the book's title), but also a powerful love.

Future Of Virginia's Gay Marriage Ban

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

In a sharp reversal of his predecessor's legal position, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and wants to see it end.

MTV's Public Service Message: Teen Moms

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.

MTV's two teen-mom reality shows have been criticized for glamorizing teenage mothers, but a new study shows they've led instead to a significant drop in births to teenage girls.

The Real Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr. (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch argues that while we invoke Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name frequently, few understand the principles he championed or the history of race relations in America.

The History Of Black Barber Shops (Rebroadcast)

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

Modern black barber shops are civic, cultural and business institutions in many major cities. Their history, however, is complicated, shifting from places where only white men were served to the democratic social spaces of today in just over a century. We consider the political and social movements brought that change about and the role these shops play in communities now.

"The Square:" Behind The Headlines Of The Egyptian Revolution (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 12:41 p.m.

A new documentary takes viewers inside the Egyptian revolution, from the heady protests in Tahrir Square to the subsequent political upheaval.

Family Economics: Living On The Brink Of Poverty

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

A new report says one in three women in the U.S. lives at or near the brink of poverty. We explore family economics and the national debate over how to help.

Scott Stossel: "My Age Of Anxiety"

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Atlantic magazine editor Scott Stossel's new book explores his own acute anxiety disorders and attempts at treatment, as well as the fascinating science and history behind these psychological conditions.

"The Square:" Behind The Headlines Of The Egyptian Revolution

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.

A new documentary takes viewers inside the Egyptian revolution, from the heady protests in Tahrir Square to the subsequent political upheaval.

Predicting The Future Of Tech In 2014 And Beyond

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

We explore how technology is changing our world, from the "Internet of things" that generate and transmit data about us to quantum computers that may soon think like humans.

Sue Monk Kidd: "The Invention Of Wings"

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Novelist Sue Monk Kidd weaves the true story of Sarah and Angelina Grimke into her latest work of fiction. We talk with Kidd about the novel, her inspiration and her work.

Food & Social Media: Beyond Instagramming Dinner

Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

The Internet and social media make it easier than ever for shoppers to ask why a company uses potentially harmful chemicals or how they're sourcing ingredients. We consider the changing communication dynamics between food producers and customers and how they're affecting what we eat.

History Of The Folger Shakespeare Library

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

This year, Shakespeare fans the world over will be marking 450 years since the birth of the "Bard of Avon." We talk to the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library about the history of the institution, how they're marking this banner year and why the work of England's preeminent poet and playwright continues to resonate with modern American readers.

The History Of Black Barber Shops

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

Modern black barber shops are civic, cultural and business institutions in many major cities. Their history, however, is complicated, shifting from places where only white men were served to the democratic social spaces of today in just over a century. We consider the political and social movements brought that change about and the role these shops play in communities now.

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