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The Kojo Nnamdi Show


The show places the Washington region at "the center of the world" with a two-hour news magazine format covering the international, national and local news of the day, as well as local entertainment and sports.

The show places the Washington region at "the center of the world" with a two-hour news magazine format covering the international, national and local news of the day, as well as local entertainment and sports.
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The show places the Washington region at "the center of the world" with a two-hour news magazine format covering the international, national and local news of the day, as well as local entertainment and sports.








Longtime DC Water Head George Hawkins Addresses Billing Concerns And His 8-Year Tenure

George Hawkins is stepping down as head of DC Water, but he leaves at a moment when the agency is facing criticism over how they bill consumers for stormwater runoff.

Duration: 00:52:00

The Politics Hour – December 8, 2017

At-Large D.C. Councilmember David Grosso (I) joins us to talk about the investigation of Ballou High School graduation rates, and the new proof of residency requirements for homeless families.

Duration: 00:38:21

How Washington Became A Home For Black, Female, Abstract Artists

A new exhibit at The National Museum of Women in The Arts features the often unsung contributions of black women to modern, abstract art.

Duration: 00:17:35

Tips For Educators On Teaching Politics Without Partisanship

In an age where gaps between political opinions are widening, and policies have a direct impact over student life, we talk with teachers about their strategies to address all sides of a social debate with substantial, responsible conversation.

Duration: 00:31:54

The View From Prince George’s: Analyzing County Quality Of Life And More

How do residents in our region view live here? A new survey out this week, "Voices DMV," by the Greater Washington Community Foundation, reveals how different jurisdictions view quality of life issues, including education, jobs, and cost of living.

Duration: 00:19:02

What D.C.’s Disappearing Gay Neighborhoods Mean For Local LGBTQ Culture

A look into the blurring boundaries around D.C.'s gay neighborhoods, and what this means for LGBTQ identity, culture, assimilation and activism.

Duration: 00:26:35

$30 Tolls Are The ‘Ticket To Ride’ A Virginia I-66 HOT Lane

Kojo speaks with Virginia's transportation secretary and a local commuter about the state's initiative to relieve traffic and the cost it poses to individual drivers.

Duration: 00:22:37

A Year Later, The Smithsonian’s African American History And Culture Museum Faces A Different World

As 2017 comes to a close, the museum's founding director joins Kojo to discuss the museum's evolving role in local D.C.

Duration: 00:48:04

The Politics Hour – December 1, 2017

Baltimore's County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is running for Governor of Maryland; he joins us in studio. Plus, the Chair of the Virginia Republican Party John Whitbeck on what's next after November's election losses.

Duration: 00:51:30

From MCI, To Verizon, To Capital One: How A Downtown Arena Changed D.C. Twenty Years Ago

Twenty years ago, the construction of the MCI Center transformed D.C.'s Chinatown from a small and struggling cultural neighborhood to one that supported major sports and entertainment events. Kojo takes a look back on the deal that changed the city.

Duration: 00:22:31

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson On Ballou Graduation Rates

Earlier this year, D.C. Public Schools celebrated the fact that everyone from Ballou High School's graduating class was accepted to college. However, that achievement wasn't what it seemed. D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson joins us to discuss.

Duration: 00:26:17

Papers, Please: How Residency Requirements May Impact D.C.’s Approach To Homelessness

The D.C. Council approved a rule that, if passed in a second vote, will demand that homeless people prove District residency to access emergency shelters. Some advocates, though, say this will cause more problems than it will solve.

Duration: 00:37:55

Virginia’s Contested Races: It’s Complicated

Control of Virginia's House of Delegates swung to the Republicans when election officials certified two races Monday, but the door is open to recounts and legal challenges.

Duration: 00:10:22

Seth Hurwitz, The Owner Of 9:30 Club And The Anthem, On The Evolution Of D.C.’s Music Ecosystem

At a time when many cities' concert scenes are dominated by nationwide conglomerates, the omnipresence of a local, independent concert operator like Hurwitz is unique.

Duration: 00:34:29

What’s The Way Forward For United Medical Center?

Washington, D.C.’s only public hospital, United Medical Center, has been at the center of controversy for months. We look at the way forward for the beleaguered hospital and discuss the state of care patients there are receiving.

Duration: 00:14:21

“History Is A Harsh Taskmaster”: Ta-Nehisi Coates On How America’s Past Explains The State Of Race Today (Rebroadcast)

Local Washington was the setting for many of writer Ta-Nehisi Coates' formative experiences. We revisit Kojo's interview with Coates in one of Washington's most historic black churches to discuss how those experiences, and the election of President Barack Obama, led to his new book "We Were Eight Years In Power."

Duration: 00:52:46

Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe: An Exit Interview

We speak to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) as he prepares to leave office after four years at the helm.

Duration: 00:48:29

Mean Girls: Inside The Movie, Musical And Movement To Get Women To Treat Each Other Better

Native Washingtonian Rosalind Wiseman went to school with mean girls, then grew up to study them and the wider social dynamics of young women. She joins Kojo with former student Alexandra Petri to discuss the complexities of womanhood at different stages of life.

Duration: 00:28:17

A Shorter Spring Break Alarms Some In Montgomery County

We discuss the Montgomery County school board decision to shorten spring break by two days and look at the challenges local jurisdictions face when developing academic calendars.

Duration: 00:19:53

Creative Ways To Give Back To Your Local Community

The end-of-year holiday season often inspires Washingtonians to donate time, money or talents to their communities. Kojo explores different opportunities to give back in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Duration: 00:23:04

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