WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Safety In The Skies

Thirty million Americans admit to being "anxious" fliers, but even the most intrepid air traveler might be shaken after two fatal crashes on U.S. soil in a matter of days. Still, advances in airplane design and increased government oversight have improved the safety record of the American air system considerably in recent decades. We explore the strengths and weaknesses of modern airplane technology and air traffic systems.

Airbus A380 Evacuation Test

Testing the emergency exits on an Airbus A380 in order to evacuate in less than 90 seconds.


'We All Have To Do Something': Nina Jacobson On Diversifying Hollywood

No one knows the struggles and successes of women in Hollywood better than Nina Jacobson, the producer of the Hunger Games movies. NPR catches up with one of the most powerful women in the business.

Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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