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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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.

NPR

Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.
WAMU 88.5

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.

NPR

Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

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