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


Marlon James Wins Man Booker Prize

James is the first Jamaican author to win the prestigious literary award, for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. It's based on a real 1976 assassination attempt on reggae star Bob Marley.

Why Wal-Mart And Other Retail Chains May Not Fix The Food Deserts

Americans' junk food calories increasingly come from big box and convenience stores rather than traditional grocers, a study finds. And researchers say this trend is a public health concern.

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Resentencing For Juvenile Lifers

Three years ago, the court struck down mandatory life sentences in cases involving juvenile defendants. Should that ruling be applied retroactively to those sentenced to life long ago?

Twitter's Suspension of Sports Media Revives Debate Over Fair Use

Twitter is going after news media that share highlights of U.S. football games without sports organizations' permission. The move shines a spotlight on the notion of fair use of copyrighted content.

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