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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

Wed, 2015-11-25 13:06

Perhaps you were scrolling through your facebook news feed recently, and found yourself entranced by a 30-second video of two hands quickly preparing a culinary masterpiece, the images taking the place of step-by-step instructions. Or maybe you were at the bookstore, and found something that seemed out of place in the cookbook section: a graphic novel, or what looked like a science book. On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

Is "Surge Pricing" Coming To Parking In D.C.?

Wed, 2015-11-25 12:06

Street parking is at a premium in the heart of the cities like Washington, and D.C. officials are about to pilot a new strategy for managing that scarcity: charge higher rates, as high as $8 an hour, during the busiest hours of the day. Some fear that raising prices will drive shoppers and diners away from downtown, while others advocate for even "smarter" pricing that changes in real-time according to demand. We talk with experts on how to best handle one of the city's scarcest resources.

Margo Jefferson - Black Power to Black Lives Matter

Tue, 2015-11-24 13:32

Margo Jefferson grew up among the black elite in Chicago and blazed a path as a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic. But her experiences with privilege and class also provided her with a unique window about the realities of race and opportunity in the United States - and how they've evolved since the Civil Rights era. Kojo chats with Jefferson about her new memoir and how her experiences frame her perspective about today's current "Black Lives Matter" movement.

After Paris, A Rise in Anti-Muslim Sentiment

Tue, 2015-11-24 13:06

Since the terrorist attacks in Paris, there's been a rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric and sentiment here in the U.S., from posturing presidential candidates to everyday interactions between citizens. Recently, a public meeting in Fredericksburg to discuss expanding a local mosque turned ugly, with protesters directing bigoted remarks at the Muslims present. We discuss the current atmosphere for Muslim Americans, and what it means for the future of those communities.

Mapping the Internet’s Infrastructure

Tue, 2015-11-24 12:06

The late Sen. Ted Stevens was widely mocked for proclaiming the Internet was a "series of tubes," but it turns out there's something to his assertion. Just like our power grid, sewer system and water supply, a vast network of physical infrastructure underpins the Internet. Now, for the first time, a computer scientist at the University of Wisconsin has created a public map of the Internet, pinpointing the hubs and cables that transfer our data. We explore the Internet’s structure in America, and learn about its security and reach.

Walking The Line Between Entertainment And Journalism With Jesse Thorn

Mon, 2015-11-23 13:32

The magazine Fast Company once dubbed Jesse Thorn "the most important person in entertainment you've never heard of." Whether you've heard of him or not, he now commands considerable influence in the world of public media. His college passion project, a radio show called "The Sound of Young America", was picked up for national distribution in 2007 by Public Radio International, making him the youngest national host in public radio history. Later, the show transformed into "Bullseye with Jesse Thorn," an interview show that can be heard on public radio stations across the country, including WAMU. We chat with Jesse, a self-professed comedian, about how he walks the fine line between entertainment, comedy and journalism.

Terror Strikes West Africa

Mon, 2015-11-23 13:06

Gunmen launched an attack in Mali's capital on Friday. We explore the conditions that continue to fuel extremism in West Africa and the challenges of combating them.

Off The Beaten Path: President Lincoln's Cottage

Mon, 2015-11-23 12:30

In D.C.'s Petworth neighborhood, on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, sits a cottage steeped in history. While he wasn't the only President to stay there, it bears Lincoln's name and it's estimated he spent about a quarter of his presidency living there. We learn about the story behind the property, its use today and an exhibit on view now about immigration called "American by Belief."

Crime Tops Local Poll Of D.C. Problems

Mon, 2015-11-23 12:06

A new Washington Post poll named crime as the biggest problem facing Washington, D.C.-a 12 percent increase from 2011. The responses come during a year of increased violence. So far in 2015, homicides have seen a 60 percent increase from this time last year and fewer city residents say their neighborhood feels safe. We discuss perceptions of local crime –and how its impacted the ratings of local leaders today.

The Politics Hour - November 20, 2015

Fri, 2015-11-20 12:06

Maryland's governor wants to reject Syrian refugees. Fairfax and Arlington counties spar over tolls on a major commuter highway. And Metro officially swears in its long-awaited General Manager. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Your Turn

Thu, 2015-11-19 13:06

It's "Your Turn" to set the agenda and share your thoughts about the week in the news - from the fallout of the terrorist attacks in France to how the violence is shaping conversations about accepting refugees in the Washington region.

Kojo In Your Community: A Conversation About "Black Lives Matter"

Thu, 2015-11-19 12:06

By some measurements, Prince George's County is the most affluent majority-African American county in the entire country. But the county is also at the epicenter of conversations about race, violence, law enforcement and opportunity that are taking place throughout the entire United States. Join Kojo for a live audience event the show recently convened on these issues in Hyattsville, Md.

"Growing Tomorrow" - The Future Of Farming With Forrest Pritchard (Rebroadcast)

Wed, 2015-11-18 13:06

Farming may be in Forrest Pritchard's DNA, but his journey in sustainable agriculture is in many ways an accidental one. He found himself at the forefront of sustainable ways to raise livestock during his fight to keep his family's farm alive in Virginia. Now Pritchard is out to document the stories of others who are part of the growing sustainability movement in agriculture, many of whom are challenging perceptions for what farmers are supposed to be.

Gloria Steinem Looks Back On A Life Of Activism And The Open Road (Rebroadcast)

Wed, 2015-11-18 12:06

An itinerant childhood of cross-country road trips left adolescent Gloria Steinem longing for a "normal" life. But by the time Steinem embarked on her first solo trip to India, she was hooked on the travel bug. A lifetime of feminist activism and public speaking followed, giving Steinem countless stories from all across the country. She joins Kojo to share the experiences from her new book, "My Life on the Road."

Renovating The Renwick Gallery

Tue, 2015-11-17 13:35

The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery -- the country’s first art museum -- is reopening after a two-year, $30 million renovation. While visitors to the restored gallery may marvel at massive new exhibitions by artists Maya Lin, Tara Donovan and others, the backstory of this 150 year-old facility’s facelift is equally as eye-popping. From contractors' discovery of Civil War-era relics, to architectural surprises and structural challenges that spurred innovation, the Renwick’s overhaul provides a technical and creative blueprint for museums considering similar changes in the future. We explore the new Renwick and hear the story behind its rejuvenation.

The Politics Of Supporting Opposition Forces In Syria

Tue, 2015-11-17 13:06

Supporting Syrian opposition forces against President Bashar al-Assad was a tactic the U.S. took to end the country's civil strife – without getting involved on the ground. But with opposition forces now including the Islamic State, that approach is becoming much more complicated. In light of the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris, we analyze what aid Syrians want from the international community and what options the U.S. has left.

How Scientific Fact Informs Science Fiction

Tue, 2015-11-17 12:06

Popular culture informs so many of our perceptions of science - even when films or novels stretch science into clearly fictional territory. The federal government makes experts available as advisers to entertainment projects, with the goal of using film and television as a vehicle to improve understanding and appreciation of science. We explore the relationship between science fiction and science fact - and where organizations like NASA and the National Academy of Sciences fit into the conversation.

The Life And Work Of Broadcast Pioneer Richard Durham

Mon, 2015-11-16 13:32

It was only eight years ago that Richard Durham was posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. But it's been nearly a century since the broadcast pioneer was born in rural Mississippi. As a child, his family relocated to Chicago, where he grew up to become a journalist, dramatist, broadcaster, activist and speech writer in the age of Jim Crow. We explore his life, work and influences.

Maryland, Virginia Get Poor Grades On Integrity Scorecard

Mon, 2015-11-16 13:06

What does integrity mean when it comes to politics? According to the Center for Public Integrity, it means transparency and accountability-- two straightforward concepts that governments have an extremely difficult job carrying out. A new report from the organization looks at integrity on the state-level-- where, with gridlock in Washington, most Americans look to for policy solutions. We'll discuss the results and find out how Maryland and Virginia measure up.

Local And Global Fallout Of The Paris Terror Attacks

Mon, 2015-11-16 12:06

Leaders around the world are wrestling with responses to the terror attacks that ripped through the heart of Paris last week. Lawmakers in Washington are now debating how and where to best combat and contain the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the attacks that left more than a 100 people dead and many more wounded. Meanwhile, new concerns are being raised about the security of urban areas around the world - including Washington.