WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Coping With Curveballs: Life's "Official Rules"

They're the self-evident rules for living that help us cope with life's everyday curve balls. Sayings like, "If anything can go wrong, it will" or "A watched pot never boils." Across cultures and countries, these universal truths help explain the unexplainable. Author Paul Dickson has spent decades gathering these "official rules" for living, and he's come up with more than 5,000 to explain life, love and politics. He joins Kojo to discuss the principles that keep us sane amid bad days and bad luck.

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More On Nate Parker And 'Birth Of A Nation': Join Our Twitter Chat, 2PM EST

On this week's podcast, we dug into rape allegations filed 17 years ago against the highly lauded black actor and director. Join Gene Demby and the Code Switch team to continue the conversation.
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Ramen Noodles Are Now The Prison Currency Of Choice

Ramen will buy anything from smuggled fruit to laundry services from fellow inmates, a study at one prison finds. It's not just that ramen is tasty: Prisoners say they're not getting enough food.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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After Losing Steam In Smartphones, Chinese Firm Turns To Smart Rice Cookers

One of China's most valuable tech startups, smartphone maker Xiaomi, is getting into networked appliances, in a bid to innovate its way out of trouble, as its core business falls flat.

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