Expert Discusses Ties Between Hasan, Radical Imam
Jarret Brachman, author of Jihadism: Theory and Practice, talks to host Michele Norris about suspected Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan's contacts with Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical imam who now lives in Yemen. He says communications between them should have raised huge red flags. He talks about who al-Awlaki is, and his influence on young, hard-line, English-speaking jihadis around the world.
Virginia Gov. Denies Clemency For Sniper
John Allen Muhammad is scheduled to die Tuesday night at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va. Muhammad was the mastermind behind a shooting spree that left 10 dead and the Washington area terrorized in the fall of 2002.
Dodd Unveils Sweeping Financial Overhaul Plan
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd has unveiled his draft proposal to remake the financial regulatory system. It's a sweeping plan that goes beyond what's being hammered out by the House and the Obama administration.
Cubans Warily Test Their New Freedom To Criticize
Cuba's state-run economy has been in crisis mode for years, but it now faces some especially sobering arithmetic. With trade falling and debt stacking up, President Raul Castro has warned Cubans that the island's socialist system must change. And he's asking them for something they're not used to giving in public: criticism.
Voices Of Revolution: Romania
All this week, we hear firsthand accounts of the end of communism in Eastern Europe 20 years ago in our series Voices from a Revolution. Today, we hear a voice from Romania — Mircea Dinescu — a dissident poet and writer who helped storm the state-run TV station, and the man who announced live on air that "the dictator has fled!"
Wounds Of Post-Election Violence Still Raw In Kenya
The International Criminal Court prosecutor wants to build a case against the instigators of deadly post-election ethnic clashes in Kenya that began in December 2007 and continued into 2008. Many ordinary Kenyans welcome international intervention, saying Kenya's coalition government has failed to pursue those guilty of violence that killed more than 1,000.
Editor Of Influential Chinese Magazine Resigns
Evan Osnos, New Yorker Magazine's China correspondent, talks to host Melissa Block about the resignation of Hu Shuli, the founder and editor of Caijing magazine in China. Osnos had written a profile of Hu and her magazine, which has been known for independent and critical reporting.
Review: 'Good For The Jews'
The Jewish holiday of Purim arises from a story of Jews in ancient Persia, as told in the biblical Book of Esther. Now, novelist Debra Spark draws on the same story for her latest novel, Good for the Jews. And it's set not in ancient Persia — but in Madison, Wis. The novel won this year's Literary Fiction award from the University of Michigan Press.
Robert Bergman, Emerging From The Darkroom
The artist-photographer has never exhibited and has published just one book. Now his striking, enigmatic portraits are being celebrated in not one but two major exhibitions. As NPR's Claire O'Neill explains, it's Bergman's patience and his perfectionism that have caught the eye of curators.
Lessons Of 'Sesame Street': Letters, Numbers And TV
Big Bird, Oscar, Bert and Ernie taught millions of children how to count and how to share, but for TV critic Andy Dehnart, Sesame Street had other valuable lessons. He says the show made him care about television.