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A 'Showdown' That Changed Football's Racial History

Much of the NFL integrated in the 1940s. The Washington Redskins held out until 1962. In a new book, historian Thomas G. Smith writes about how it took an ultimatum from the Kennedy administration to allow blacks into pro football in the nation's capital.

Labor Day Plans From Tell Me More

The first Labor Day was celebrated in N.Y. on September 5, 1882. Some of today's Americans are spending the holiday by the pool, in the kitchen or around the yard. Sharing their plans are members of Tell Me More: Sanaz Meshkinpour, Argin Hutchins, Amy Ta, Amita Parashar, Malik Washington, Emily Ochsenschlager, Aemon Malone and Sarah Ventre.

In America, Too Much 'All Work, No Play'?

With kids wailing and the to-do list piling up, relaxing may prove an elusive ideal. Guest host Jacki Lyden discusses work-life balance with Chris Licht, vice president of programming at CBS News and author of What I Learned When I Almost Died; Arnoldo Borjo, a community organizer for the Legal Aid Justice Center in Northern Virginia; and Bertice Berry, sociologist, lecturer and author of A Year to Wellness.

On Location: Minneapolis Rock City Of 'Purple Rain'

The movie that gave Prince his screen debut was also an ode to the diverse music scene of the artist's home town. In 1984, when the movie came out, funk, R&B and indie and punk rock all thrived. Locals say that today, that diversity is the movie's legacy.

'We The Animals' Delivers A Fiery Ode To Boyhood

Justin Torres' debut novel is a welterweight champ of a book. It tells the story of three brothers growing up in a family that is both fiercely loyal and violently chaotic. Together, they endure their parents, their poverty and, of course, each other.

Irony In The Post-9/11 Age: Comedy And Tragedy As 'Very Strange Roommates'

Neda Ulaby reports that for all that comedy has faced since Sept. 11, reports that irony would fizzle out turned out to be greatly exaggerated. Comedy, like anything else, adapts.

Economist Austan Goolsbee Plays Not My Job

It's been 40 years since the start of Soul Train ... and because economists have no souls, we're going to ask Goolsbee three questions about the long-running music variety show.
Friday, September 23, 2011

The Splendid Table: How To Eat Weekends

Join WAMU 88.5's Kojo Nnamdi and The Splendid Table host Lynne Rossetto Kasper and producer Sally Swift for a conversation about Kasper and Swift's new book, How To Eat Weekends.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Shakespeare Theatre Company's FELA!

The true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti.