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The Kojo Nnamdi Show features two-hours of news, political issues and social trends of the day in a magazine program format. The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by WAMU 88.5fm American University Radio.
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African Immigrants Respond to the Ebola Outbreak

5 hours 12 min ago

Americans were shocked by news of the first documented case of Ebola in the United States yesterday. But for communities with families in West Africa, the ongoing story has been intensely local for months. We speak with leaders from the...

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The Disappearing Dish: When Restaurants Revamp The Menu

5 hours 12 min ago

From seasonal considerations and economics to artistic boredom and even all-out-failure, there are many reasons why chefs retouch, revamp or remove dishes from menus. Kojo explores what goes on behind the scenes when restaurants make big changes to the menu.

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Gene Luen Yang On Graphic Novels, Diversity And 'The Shadow Hero'

5 hours 58 min ago

Amid calls for greater diversity in books for young readers, graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang says authors and illustrators of all backgrounds must overcome the fear of creating characters with stories that don't mirror their own. We talk with Yang about the rising popularity of graphic novels, their role in education and how authors find the courage to create diverse characters.

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The Email Deluge from Political Campaigns

6 hours 12 min ago

As the November elections approach, the wave of emails from political campaigns increases. We explore the strategy behind those fundraising and base-stirring missives.

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With Playoffs Ahead, A Look At Local Baseball History

Tue, 2014-09-30 13:32

The Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles have clinched playoff spots, and the region is abuzz with postseason excitement. Kojo explores the local history of the national pastime.

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Secret Service Bungles

Tue, 2014-09-30 13:06

A recent Washington Post article details a 2011 incident in which an attacker fired on--and hit--the President’s private residence. It took four days for the Secret Service to realize what had happened. We explore the implications for a security branch under fire.

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Death & Tech: Grieving In The 21st Century

Tue, 2014-09-30 12:06

The widespread use of technology and social media is raising new questions about their role in mourning loved ones and about the disposition of our digital accounts after we die.

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Nicholas Kristof: Transforming Lives through Philanthropy

Mon, 2014-09-29 13:32

New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristoff says philanthropy is important, but only if it really helps people. We talk with him about his new book, written with his wife, Shery WuDunn.

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Tracking Trends in Bird Populations

Mon, 2014-09-29 12:21

The director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center at the National Zoo shares the latest annual count of birds that are thriving and those in decline -- and examines humans' role in both degrading and conserving bird habitats.

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New Respiratory Illness Affects Children Nationwide

Mon, 2014-09-29 12:06

Hospitals across the country have seen an uptick in visits from children having difficulty breathing over the past month. We talk to Dr. Roberta DeBiaisi of Children's National Health System to find out what we know about this strain of enterovirus and what's next.

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The Politics Hour - Sept. 26, 2014

Fri, 2014-09-26 12:06

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)

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Critical Mass: Fall TV and Diversity on the Small Screen

Thu, 2014-09-25 13:06

As fall begins, a new slate of TV shows is hitting the airwaves. We convene a round-table of TV critics to consider the state of diversity and quality on the small screen.

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Lawrence Wright: "Thirteen Days In September"

Thu, 2014-09-25 12:06

Kojo chats with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Lawrence Wright, whose newest work explores the leaders who reached an historic peace agreement in the Middle East 30 years ago.

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Jennifer Cognard-Black: "Books That Cook: The Making Of A Literary Meal"

Wed, 2014-09-24 13:32

Humans couldn't live without food, and without language our ability to share the experience of eating would be curtailed. We talk with a professor who is turning a critical and inclusive eye to food writing about what we can learn both about our culture and literature from food poetry, fiction and -- yes -- recipes.

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A Power-Sharing Deal In Afghanistan

Wed, 2014-09-24 13:06

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared the winner of Afghanistan's contested months-long presidential election process. Ghani agreed to share power with his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, who will become the country's chief executive.

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Concealed Carry And Police Body Cameras In D.C.

Wed, 2014-09-24 12:06

Washington, D.C., moved forward this week to address two hot button policy issues: concealed carry of handguns and police body cameras.

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Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Eric Williams

Wed, 2014-09-24 12:06

Kojo sits down with Eric Williams, Loudoun County's new superintendent, to talk about about the issues facing one of the area's fastest-growing school systems.

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The Price of Progress in Rwanda

Tue, 2014-09-23 13:32

Twenty years after Rwanda's horrific genocide, President Paul Kagame is widely praised for dramatically reducing poverty and increasing life expectancy in his tiny, land-locked African nation. But critics say the economic progress comes at...

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U.S. Airstrikes On Syria

Tue, 2014-09-23 13:06

Yesterday the U.S. launched multiple pre-dawn airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria. We explore what it means for the U.S. and the region.

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U2, Apple And The Value Of Music In The Digital Era

Tue, 2014-09-23 12:06

Millions of smartphone users were surprised to learn this month that the rock band U2 had not only made a new album available to them for free, but that it was already loaded into their iPhones. Join Kojo for a Tech Tuesday conversation about the intersection of technology and music.

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