WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

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"Dream City" - Four Decades of Local D.C. History

Two decades ago, journalists Tom Sherwood and Harry Jaffe set out to document the short and tumultuous history of local government in the District of Columbia. In the first 20 years of home rule, D.C. survived a drug epidemic, record levels of violence and the political downfall and rebirth of a controversial mayor. But today's D.C. is a different place from the one Sherwood and Jaffe wrote about in their 1994 book, "Dream City." They join Kojo in the studio chat about how the city has changed and what remains the same.

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Starting at noon May 12, watch live video of our discussion about "Dream City."


Sylvia Plath's Husband, Ted Hughes, Lived A Life Of Poetry And Tragedy

Biographer Jonathan Bate says his job is to write about "the quality and endurance of the literary work." His new biography has been disavowed by the Hughes estate.

Time To Pursue The Pawpaw, America's Fleeting Fall Fruit

Ever seen a pawpaw in the supermarket? Didn't think so. Ohioan Chris Chmiel wants to change that by growing and promoting this seasonal, mango-like fruit that's native to the U.S.

What's Next In The Race For Speaker Of The House?

Congressman Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the House Speaker race on Thursday. NPR's Scott Simon talks to a member of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mick Mulvaney about the race for Speaker.

Volkswagen Faces Uphill Battle In Repairing Tarnished Reputation

Volkswagen faces two enormous repair jobs: fixing its polluting diesel cars and its battered reputation. Both may be much harder to fix than anything other scandal-plagued car companies have faced.

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