WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

"The Beautiful Music All Around Us"

Some of the greatest treasures in the Library of Congress are field recordings of American music captured in the early 20th century. Musician Stephen Wade set out to unearth the stories behind the recording sessions, which were done everywhere from kitchens to prisons. He joins Kojo in studio to explore the little-known history of this iconic music and how it became part of our cultural fabric.

Stephen Wade Reflects On 'The Beautiful Music All Around Us'

Wade talks about the stories behind 13 performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942 in locations reaching from the Mississippi Delta to the Great Plains.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries — with culturally specific adaptations. The U.S., for instance, gets shorter noodles, because Americans don't slurp them up like the Japanese.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

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