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Anchor Marco Werman speaks with polka musician Jimmy Sturr about this week's decision by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to drop the category of Best Polka Album from its Grammy awards lineup.

Global Politics

Remember the Ayatollah's funeral

Twenty years ago today came word of the death of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini. Journalist John Hockenberry recalls the events surrounding the death and funeral of the Ayatollah. Hockenberry was one of many American reporters covering the story from Tehran.

Conflict & Justice

A legal dispute over remembering Tiananmen

Twenty years ago today, Chinese troops cleared Tiananmen Square. Hundreds, possibly thousands of people were killed in and around the square. Chinese students had been calling for democracy and free speech. The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports from Beijing on an ongoing legal dispute over a documentary about the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown called "The Gate of Heavenly Peace". The case pits the filmmakers against one of the student demonstrators.

Conflict & Justice

Tiananmen voices

The BBC's Chinese Service asked people to share some of their thoughts and recollections about China's Tiananmen crackdown 20 years ago today. Anchor Lisa Mullins introduces us to two of them

Conflict & Justice

Parsing the president's speech

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Tariq Ramadan, a professor of Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, for analysis of President Obama's speech today in Cairo aimed at the Muslim world.

Global Politics

Text messaging the Obama speech

Anchor Lisa Mullins explains that President Obama isn't just making a speech tomorrow to the Muslim world. He's also sending out text messages about the speech -- in a host of languages, including English, Arabic, Urdu, and Persian.