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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

Fri, 2014-07-11 12:06

Sorting political fact from fiction, and having fun while we're at it. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Your Turn

Thu, 2014-07-10 13:06

Germany outs an alleged double-agent selling secrets to the U.S., and D.C. bicyclists and drivers assail each other's manners. It's your turn to discuss these topics and more.

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Match Fixing & International Soccer

Thu, 2014-07-10 12:06

Kojo explores the hundred billion dollar soccer gambling economy, and ongoing concerns about the integrity of the Beautiful Game.

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When Social Advocacy and Advertising Collide

Thu, 2014-07-10 12:06

From TV spots featuring interracial families, to links between shiny hair and feminism, companies like General Mills, Coca-Cola and others are embracing social issues -- and potential controversies -- that come with today's modern...

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"The People's Republic of Amnesia" by Louisa Lim

Wed, 2014-07-09 13:20

Though the Tiananmen Square protests resulted in hundreds, if not thousands of deaths, many have already forgotten what happened. Veteran journalist Louisa Lim joins Kojo to explore this rebellion against a repressive government, and a people's collective amnesia.

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Old Wounds & Oral History: The Aftermath of the Belfast Project

Wed, 2014-07-09 13:06

The "Belfast Project" collected oral histories from former combatants with a promise of confidentiality. Then British prosecutors forced Boston College to hand over tapes...

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Old Bay & the Chesapeake's Identity

Wed, 2014-07-09 12:06

It's one of the flavors that defines life in the Chesapeake region: Old Bay Seasoning, the blend of herbs and spices that's been made in Maryland for nearly a century. Kojo explores the link between spice and regional identity - and what Old Bay has contributed to the culinary DNA of the Chesapeake region.

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"The Stager" by Susan Coll

Tue, 2014-07-08 13:32

Local author Susan Coll talks with Kojo about her satirical take on relationships and real estate in her new novel 'The Stager.'

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Challenges Facing Charters & Traditional Public Schools

Tue, 2014-07-08 13:06

Kojo explores the complex relationships between traditional public school systems and the growing networks of charter schools that share the same jurisdictions.

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Predicting the Future with Phone Data and Tweets

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:06

What if data from your phone, email, GPS, tweets and even movie downloads could be used to predict your every move? We explore the predictive possibilities of big data.

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A Relationship in Crisis: Haiti and the U.N.

Mon, 2014-07-07 13:06

Victims of Haiti's recent cholera epidemic are ramping up legal efforts against the United Nations, saying U.N. peacekeepers introduced the disease to the island nation in 2010. Meanwhile, doubts are growing about Haiti's ability to...

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The Long Shadow of Childhood Poverty

Mon, 2014-07-07 12:06

Economic mobility is tough when you grow up poor and black, according to a 25-year study of a group of Baltimore students. We explore the long shadow of childhood poverty and efforts to overcome it.

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Kids & YA Summer Reading

Thu, 2014-07-03 13:32

School's out for summer, but reading - both assigned and for pleasure - continues for kids of all ages. We've got suggestions for babies, teens and everyone in between.

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New Advice on Reading to Infants

Thu, 2014-07-03 13:06

New American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines encourage parents to read aloud to children daily, starting in infancy. We consider practical hurdles some families face in meeting that goal and the long-term benefits early exposure to complex language can bring.

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Two D.C.Universities Go Solar

Thu, 2014-07-03 12:15

Two local universities will get half their energy next year from solar power. The deal could encourage more schools and businesses to move away from fossil fuels, but raises questions about cost and efficiency.

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Remembering Wayne Curry

Thu, 2014-07-03 12:06

Former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry died on Wednesday after a bout with cancer. Curry grew up in Prince George's - and his tenure as the county's first black executive coincided with its rise as the most affluent majority...

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Supermarket Showdown: Food Shopping in Washington

Wed, 2014-07-02 13:32

Kojo discusses how regional and global forces impact what consumers see on supermarket shelves...

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Facebook's Psychology Experiment: Ethics and Emotion

Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

Facebook sparked an outcry when it published a study revealing that it manipulated user's emotions without telling them. We explore research ethics and the growing interest in emotional contagions.

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D.C. Tour Guide Licensing Changes

Tue, 2014-07-01 13:32

A recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling may do away with the 108-year-old requirement that "sightseeing tour guide"s in the District be licensed. Some professional and part-time guides are sorry to see the requirement go, while others say good riddance - we hear from both sides.

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A Topsy Turvy Summer in Virginia Politics

Tue, 2014-07-01 13:06

Virginia's lawmakers recently averted a government shutdown by approving a budget. But the politics of the Old Dominion don't appear to be returning to normalcy any time soon: the governor is moving forward to expand Medicaid on his own...

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