WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Malcolm Gladwell: "David And Goliath"

Malcolm Gladwell's books challenge common perceptions about human behavior. Maybe certain individuals have the power to tip groupthink in new directions. Maybe trusting your gut is better than overanalyzing a tough decision. And maybe what we commonly perceive as weakness can in fact be a strength. The latter is the theme of his new book, "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants." Gladwell joins Kojo to talk about the power of the underdog and the naysayers who challenge his conclusions.

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Malcolm Gladwell credits his writing and reporting skills to his 10-year stint at The Washington Post. He says one of the most powerful lessons he learned during his time there is that shortcuts will not be tolerated. "You must do your homework before you open your mouth," Gladwell said.


Kitchen Disasters: Top Chefs Recall Dinner Gone Wrong

Burned the turkey? You're in good company. Even accomplished chefs have suffered unsalvageable meal messes. Ruth Reichl, Jaques Pepin and Pati Jinich share their stories.

Swapping The Street For The Orchard, City Dwellers Take Their Pick Of Fruit

Urban foragers don't just pick their meals from the trash; many eat only the finest, freshest produce — picked from city trees. The League of Urban Canners harvests fruit from trees to make jam.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

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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