WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

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Urban Gun Violence

A recent surge in gun violence has left many residents across the Washington region wondering how and why disputes involving young people spiral into deadly confrontations. Kojo gets a local and national perspective on underlying causes of youth violence.

This American Life: Harper High School

A two-part series on Harper High School in Chicago, where 29 current and recent students were shot in 2012 alone. This American Life went to get a sense of what it means to live in the midst of all this gun violence, how teens and adults navigate a world of funerals and Homecoming dances. They found so many incredible and surprising stories.

  • Listen to Part One
  • Part two picks up where the story left off in the second hour from Harper High School in Chicago. Reporters find out if a shooting in the neighborhood will derail the school's Homecoming game and dance. They also hear the origin story of one of Harper's gangs. And, finally, ask a group of teenagers: where do you get your guns?

  • Listen to Part Two
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The Real Bob Ross: Meet The Meticulous Artist Behind Those Happy Trees

Don't be fooled by his mild PBS persona; the beloved painter was actually an exacting artist and businessman with — brace yourself — naturally straight hair.
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A Chocolate Pill? Scientists To Test Whether Cocoa Extract Boosts Health

Chocolate lovers may agree cocoa is the food of the gods, but how strong is the evidence that it boosts heart health? Researchers are recruiting for a new study aimed at answering this question.
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D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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