PRI's The World: 10/23/2013 (Japan, Australia, Libya)
October 23, 2013
It's not everyday that a Chinese newspaper takes on the government. We hear about the Chinese paper that is demanding that police release one of its reporters. And we meet Alex Owumi - born in Nigeria and raised in Boston - who wound up playing on Gaddafi's basketball team on the eve of the Libyan revolution.
Stories in this Edition
Arts, Culture & Media
China is cracking down on online rumors. It's not about fact-checking the Internet, though. It's about keeping a lid on social unrest.
Science, Tech & Environment
Australia has had a rash of wildfires caused by unseasonably hot and dry weather. Scientists say the risk of fires is growing with climate change, but the country's new prime minister says they're just a normal part of life down under.
Here's a story you don't hear often out of China: A newspaper devotes its front page to a plea to the police to release its journalist.
Conflict & Justice
In Ireland and Greece, authorities have taken blonde-haired children from darker-looking Roma families, with the suspicion that the children were trafficked. Now, many Roma people are scared they will lose their kids.
Host Marco Werman speaks with former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga about his thoughts on the shootings in Nairobi's Westgate Mall a month ago.
Pitching will be key in the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Some fans say the Cardinals have a slight advantage when its comes to their roster of starting pitchers. But the Red Sox have an ace in the bullpen — Japanese relief pitcher Koji Uehara, with his fastball and two-fingered splitter to confound Cardinal batters in the late innings.
"I never in my wildest dreams thought they would gun down a hundred people in less than a minute - it was like a pack of ants falling," says Alex Owumi, a US expat and basketball player who spent two weeks trapped in a Benghazi apartment during the first days of the Libyan revolution.
Arts, Culture & Media
Ethiopia embraces the spoken word, in a big way. When the Beat Making Lab arrived there earlier this year, it found a community of aspiring young poets.