Matt Holzman, producer of the screening series First Take for KCRW in Santa Monica, gives us the lowdown on this year's nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
One of the first trips that newly re-elected President Obama plans to make is to Cambodia. Officials there say he's coming for an Asia summit but the government might bring up its stalled efforts to recover some ancient Khmer artifacts now in the US.
Thailand's work force is comprised of a large number of migrant workers, some of whom are in the country illegally. But for those who can prove they're in the country legally, they're set to get a raise, as well as access to government benefits.
China's getting serious about smoking — so serious it's banning smoking in schools. And it's imposing new restrictions as well. Meanwhile, in Austria, a former police officer is being compared to Robin Hood after he stole but said he planned to give it to the poor. Plus Denmark and Sweden consider a ban on circumcisions, in today's Global Scan.