WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Designing Secure Schools

In the wake of the tragic shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, parents are asking if there's any way to make schools more secure. Architect Roger Lewis joins Kojo to explore the current thinking about school design and the challenge of creating buildings that both keep kids safe and make them feel welcome.

Photo Gallery: School Security Architecture

Images and illustrations depicting how two D.C. public schools, Woodson High School and Wilson High School, secure the inside and outside of their academic buildings.

School Security Vestibule Schematics

Schematics for schools that have an entry vestibule for security. Document courtesy Paul Timm at RETA Security


An Exuberantly Dark First Novel Explores The Chaos Of Central Africa

Fiston Mwanza Mujila's novel, Tram 83, is a freewheeling tale about life in an imaginary place inspired by the author's home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Critic John Powers has a review.
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Marion Nestle: "Soda Politics: Taking On Big Soda (And Winning)"

Changing public attitudes have led to a decline in U.S. soda sales. But health expert Marion Nestle believes many people still consume unhealthy amounts of sugary drinks. She argues beverage companies are spending millions on research that misleads consumers.

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Exploring The State Department Diplomacy Museum

The nation's has lots of monuments to military heroism. Now the first museum of diplomacy is under construction at the State Department. We learn more about diplomacy in the 21st century.


How Skyscraper Construction Ties Into Tech Bubbles

There's a lot of talk in Silicon Valley about a tech bubble.Our Planet Money podcast team examines one possible indicator of a bubble: architecture. Very, very tall architecture.

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