Society

The Movement To Reform Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Earlier this year, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced plans to reform federal guidelines for mandatory minimum sentences. We examine the movement for sentencing reform and where it's likely to go in the immediate future.

The Future Of The Past: Museums Digitizing Collections

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo talks with thought leaders at the Smithsonian Institution about the future of museums and the practical challenges of digitizing the past.

Chef Jose Andres: At Home And Abroad

Monday, Dec 2, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Chef Jose Andres is known for cuisine that's one part tradition, one part science experiment, earning him numerous awards and accolades. We talk with Andres about his journey -- both personal and culinary -- thus far, and where he's heading next.

Movies and the International Market

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Our critics share picks from this year's impressive list of potential Oscar contenders and explain why youre seeing so many China-focused story lines in American films.

The Evolving Job Of Public School Principal

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Today's public school principals juggle a dizzying array of responsibilities. We explore the evolving job of the public school principal and their impact on school performance.

It's A Conspiracy: What Theories Tell Us About Society And Ourselves

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

From the Salem witch trials to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we consider the history and current state of conspiracies, and ask what the anxieties they reflect tell us about ourselves.

Reflecting On Reflections Of The JFK Assassination

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.

This week, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever joins us to reflect on what the programming reveals about our cultural connection to the eras that ended and began Nov. 22, 1963.

Inescapable Melodies: The Legacy Of Video Game Music

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

Some of the most memorable melodies of the past few decades came not from the pop charts but from video games.

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."

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