We discuss tipping customs around the world, and the ongoing trials of journalists in Egypt. Also, Professor John Schmidt tells us about the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon in this week's World History Minute.
We hear from two members of mayor Emanuel's minimum wage task force that just wrapped up its inaugural meeting. Also, how the Chicago Public Schools is doing with efforts to expand composting. Plus, the history of film censorship in Illinois.
Marge Piercy's sprawling fictionalized history, Sex Wars, puts post-Civil War New York City as the battleground of the American dream: an era of vast fortunes and crushing poverty — an era surprisingly like our own, in which some of the most infamous characters in American history collide over the issues of sexuality, censorship, women’s rights, and privacy.
Since its launch in 2009, the BBC Persian's television channel has been a thorn in Iran's side. The regime has tried jamming the station’s satellite signals and intimidating the families of journalists who work for the network.
Recently, journalist Kyaw Kyaw Aung of Radio Free Asia published an unprecedented interview with Tint Swe, the powerful head of Burma’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Department. In it, the official pledged to end press censorship.
The Burmese government, one of the most repressive in the world, may be moving toward reform. Last week, authorities pledged to ease harsh censorship laws and released more than 200 political prisoners – with a pledge to release hundreds more.
Wednesday, September 21, 1:30 pm: news arrives that at least six people were arrested in Iran, accused of a "cover-up to fulfill the needs of the British secret service in exchange for big sums of money." Iran’s Culture Minister called them subversives and enemies of the Islamic system.