WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Facebook's Psychology Experiment: Ethics and Emotion

The news that Facebook tried to influence the emotions of unsuspecting users by tweaking their News Feed has sparked a public outcry. The company wanted to see whether people who read more positive posts from friends would respond more positively themselves. A Facebook data scientist says the company routinely filters what shows up in your News Feed, but adds that he understands the concern. We explore research ethics in industry and academia and the growing interest in when and how emotion can be contagious.


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.
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Behind America's Seasonal Crush On Pumpkin

This year, a national shortage of the orange squash threatens to derail America's favorite seasonal obsession.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Race, Justice And Finding A Voice In Local D.C.

Few writers and public intellectuals command an audience like one currently following Ta-Nehisi Coates. But long before Coates' thoughts shaped nationwide conversations about race, justice and the black experience in America, he found his voice as a young writer in local D.C. and in the city where he grew up, Baltimore.


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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