WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

D.C.'s Human Services Director On Homelessness

The winter months this year presented major challenges to the District's ability to shelter and care for the city's homeless population. The disappearance of a homeless child from the city's shelter at the old D.C. General hospital pushed issue into an even harsher spotlight. David Berns, the director of the city's Department of Human Services, joins Kojo to chat about the District's strategy on homelessness and its immediate plans to help families access housing.

A Look At DC's General Shelter

As of Oct 1, 2013, DC's General Shelter had 864 residents.

Thirty percent of those residents were under age 5; another 21 percent were between the ages of 5 and 12.

Population by Age of DC's General Homeless Shelter

Population by Age:

Population by Gender

Population of DC General Homeless Shelter by Gender


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

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