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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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The Politics Hour

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Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Rushern Baker, the executive of Prince George's County, Md.

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Your Turn

Thu, 2014-08-28 13:06

The people of Ferguson try to move forward following Michael Brown's funeral, fast food giant Burger King relocates its headquarters north of the border, and the Horseshoe Casino opens in Baltimore, Maryland. It's your turn to discuss...

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Rock Creek Park

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:06

Rock Creek Park celebrates its 125th anniversary next year. We speak with two local experts with books about the history, flora, and fauna that abound in Washington's "backyard."

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By the Book: What Sells vs. Critical Darlings

Wed, 2014-08-27 13:06

We consider the cultural factors that bring a book to readers' attention and what it takes for a title to keep it.

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BBQ and Smoked Foods

Wed, 2014-08-27 12:06

Whether you turn out basic backyard burgers or get serious with 12-hour brisket and pork shoulder, our local grillmasters have tips for your next barbecue.

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The Case for Free Money

Tue, 2014-08-26 13:24

The idea of the government giving all citizens enough money to get by seems a bit like socialism, but many libertarian conservatives are getting behind it. A basic income could replace entitlement programs, cut down on poverty rates, and...

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Journalist Safety

Tue, 2014-08-26 13:06

The kidnapping and beheading of freelance photojournalist James Foley by Islamic State militants in Syria is a grim reminder of the dangers facing reporters in danger zones. We consider the risks involved in covering today's international conflicts and examine how the new media landscape is affecting best practices for journalists.

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The Future of Personal and Photo Drones

Tue, 2014-08-26 12:06

Personal drones with cameras attached are increasingly popular with everyone from filmmakers to hobbyists. We explore the evolving legal and social norms for flying them.

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The Future of Medical Trials

Mon, 2014-08-25 13:06

For many patients, a diagnosis of serious illness is followed by a critical question: Do you want to participate in a clinical trial for a new treatment? Drugs and vaccines go through extensive testing before they enter widespread medical...

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"Blue-Eyed Boy" - A Journalist's Memoir

Mon, 2014-08-25 12:23

Kojo talks with journalist Robert Timberg about his new memoir. In it, Timberg recounts injuries sustained in Vietnam his service and reveals how his reinvention as a journalist helped to heal the mental and physical wounds he suffered.

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Redrawing D.C.'s School Boundaries

Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

Kojo chats with D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith about the adoption of plans to redraw school boundaries in the District for the first time in decades.

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The Politics Hour - August 22, 2014

Fri, 2014-08-22 12:06

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Rushern Baker, the executive of Prince George's County, Maryland.

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Recording the Capital: A Musical History of D.C.

Thu, 2014-08-21 13:06

The musical history of the Washington area goes deeper than Duke Ellington and Chuck Brown. But much of the music recorded here in the 20th century, from early rock and roll to bluegrass to jazz, was forgotten about long ago. Kojo chats with Jay Bruder, the host of "The Hometown Special" on WAMU's Bluegrass Country, about the recorded musical history of the nation's capital.

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African Diaspora International Film Festival

Thu, 2014-08-21 12:30

This year's festival has an Afro-Latino flavor, with six films from Latin American directors, including a contemporary take on "Romeo and Juliet" set in Puerto Rico's largest slum. The festival also features a contemporary comedy about the...

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75 Years After the Alexandria Library Sit-In

Thu, 2014-08-21 12:06

In 1939, five young black men walked into Alexandria, Virginia's public library to request they be issued library cards. When borrowing rights were denied on the grounds the facility was for whites only, the men took books from the shelves...

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Cupcakes to Quiche: How Food Trends Develop and Fizzle

Wed, 2014-08-20 13:06

From kale to cupcakes and fondue to We explore the economic and cultural factors that spark food trends and examine what makes some last while others fizzle out.

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Slave Resistance and the American Revolution

Wed, 2014-08-20 12:20

Kojo and University of Houston historian Gerald Horne revisit the years leading up to the American Revolution to find out how slavery in North America and the British colonies influenced—and even motivated—the revolt.

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Legal Maneuvers on Same Sex Marriage in Virginia

Wed, 2014-08-20 12:06

In Virginia, same sex marriage is in legal limbo, and both sides are looking to the Supreme Court. We hear from a legal advocacy group seeking to uphold state's rights in defining marriage.

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'Soldier Girls': Life in the National Guard After 9/11

Tue, 2014-08-19 13:06

A new book by journalist Helen Thorpe traces the lives of three women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Virtual Assistance

Tue, 2014-08-19 12:06

A proliferation of apps, online services, gadgets and tools are now available to act as our virtual personal assistants. We find out how these existing technologies help us cross off items ranging from grocery shopping to waiting for the cable guy off our to-do list and learn about devices bringing us closer to the promise of the 'Internet of Things.'

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