WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

A Survey Of The D.C. Museum Landscape

Museums in and around D.C. house historic collections and great works of art that simultaneously draw tourists and support local community programs. But many leading arts and learning institutions are confronting difficult financial and governance challenges, such as how to survive as an admission-charging museum in a city full of free exhibits and how to navigate the intricacies of politics and arts funding, while remaining relevant and cutting edge. We consider the challenges and opportunities of operating a museum in a unique cultural landscape and explore implications of recent shakeups on the museum scene.

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Baltimore Artist Joyce J. Scott Pushes Local, Global Boundaries

The MacArthur Foundation named 67-year-old Baltimore artist Joyce J. Scott a 2016 Fellow -– an honor that comes with a $625,000 "genius grant" and international recognition.


A History Of Election Cake And Why Bakers Want To #MakeAmericaCakeAgain

Bakers Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam are reviving election cake: a boozy, dense fruitcake that was a way for women to participate in the democratic process before they had the right to vote.

So, Which Is It: Bigly Or Big-League? Linguists Take On A Common Trumpism

If you've followed the 2016 presidential election, you've probably heard Donald Trump say it: "bigly." Or is that "big-league"? We asked linguists settle the score — and offer a little context, too.
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Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies And Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing The American Way Of War

After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. intelligence, military and law enforcement agencies were forced to work together in completely new ways. A veteran national security reporter on how America has tried to adapt to a new era of warfare.

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