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"The Orphan Sky"

Thu, 2015-07-16 13:32

For Leila, the main character of "The Orphan Sky," music is an escape- both emotionally and physically. Her talent as a musician is what ultimately takes her out of communist Azerbaijan and lands her in California. Her creator, first-time author Ella Leya, shares a similar story. Kojo talks with Leya about the rarely-explored setting of Azerbaijan and how music influenced her life and writing.

Combating Addiction With Abuse Deterrent Drugs

Thu, 2015-07-16 13:06

In the past decade, heroin use has surged 63 percent, a crisis the Centers for Disease Control says has roots in prescription drug addiction — particularly to opiate painkillers with names like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin. To break this chain of addiction, drug makers have responded by creating abuse-deterrent formulations — pills that treat pain in patients who take them as directed, but become ineffective when crushed, snorted or injected. While not yet widely adopted, abuse-deterrent painkillers are becoming an important weapon in the fight against opiate drug addiction. More than 30 abuse-deterrent painkillers are currently in development, and several states including Maryland require insurers to cover them. Kojo explores the promise and peril these newly formulated painkillers hold for doctors, patients, and those struggling with addiction.

Clean Eating During Ramadan

Thu, 2015-07-16 12:35

For the thousands of Muslims in the D.C. area, Ramadan is more than a month without food. Shared meals are a time to join with neighbors and grow as a community and as individuals. For some groups, this means eating healthier. For others, this means dining under certain social justice themes. For Food Wednesday, we explore how different communities observe the holy month.

Untangling Urban Planning in Crystal City

Thu, 2015-07-16 12:06

The military presence in the Washington region has shaped the physical faces of neighborhoods throughout the area. But conversations are underway in one corner of Northern Virginia, Crystal City, about carving out a new aesthetic and economic identity. Kojo explores the complex mixture of issues that have contributed to what Crystal City looks like now - and connects with those who are trying to change it.

"The Orphan Sky"

Wed, 2015-07-15 13:32

For Leila, the main character of "The Orphan Sky," music is an escape- both emotionally and physically. Her talent as a musician is what ultimately takes her out of communist Azerbaijan and lands her in California. Her creator, first-time author Ella Leya, shares a similar story. Kojo talks with Leya about the rarely-explored setting of Azerbaijan and how music influenced her life and writing.

Different Takes On Ramadan

Wed, 2015-07-15 13:06

For the thousands of Muslims in the D.C. area, Ramadan is more than a month without food. Shared meals are a time to join with neighbors and grow as a community and as individuals. For some groups, this means joining with other faiths. For others, this means dining under certain social justice themes. For Food Wednesday, we explore how different communities observe the holy month.

President Obama Heads To Ethiopia And Kenya

Wed, 2015-07-15 12:20

Almost a year after the US-Africa Leaders Summit he hosted at the White House, President Obama is slated to make visits to Ethiopia and Kenya later this month. He is the first sitting President to visit Ethiopia, a decision some are criticizing given the country's human rights record. And this is his first visit to Kenya - the country of his father's birth - since he was elected. We talk about what's at stake for both the U.S. and the African nations he's visiting during this trip.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Wed, 2015-07-15 12:06

Congressional lawmakers are considering legislation to revise the federal education law more commonly known as "No Child Left Behind." But the re-authorization of the measure is now caught up in debates that have broken down along partisan lines. Kojo talks with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan about what he sees as being at stake in the debate and what changes the Obama administration would like to see to the law.

"Your Turn"

Tue, 2015-07-14 13:30

It's "Your Turn" to set the agenda and discuss the biggest news stories of the week. And for those who are eager to chat about the controversy behind Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set a Watchman," we've got a special guest in the studio: journalist and author Neely Tucker.

"The Look of Silence"

Tue, 2015-07-14 13:06

Several years ago, the filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer documented the history of mass killings in Indonesia by inviting those linked to the violence to dramatically recreate it in front of cameras. In his newest work, Oppenheimer returns to the violence that took place in Indonesia half a century ago - this time focused on the stories of survivors.

NASA's Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan

Tue, 2015-07-14 12:06

Ellen Stofan grew up around science - her father was a rocket engineer who spent his career working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. That's the place where Stofan is now scientist-in-chief, shaping the agenda for scientific programs and research. She joins Kojo for a "Tech Tuesday" conversation about NASA's current scientific priorities, the search for life in outer space and the landscape for other women to pursue careers in her field.

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