Fulbright scholar Jesse Appell went to China to study the tradition of Chinese stand-up comedy. But after he made a spoof video of Psy's megahit, "Gangnam Style" which he called "Laowai Style" he found himself at the center of his own comedy.
The arrest of Egyptian satirist Bassem Yousef over the weekend made us ask how freedom of expression has evolved in the nations affected by the Arab Spring. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with middle east expert, Michael Wahid Hanna at the Century Foundation.
A former presidential candidate in Ecuador has been fined and had "his political rights suspended" after making homophobic statements. Nelson Zavala, who is also an evangelical preacher, made the statements while campaigning.
The former French diplomat Stephane Hessel has died at the age of 95. His writings were so popular in Spain that his publisher there asked him to write a new book just for Spaniards. It's due to come out in two weeks.
In an unexpected move, the North Korean government has opened up it mobile network to foreigners. Now for the first time foreign reporters can access the internet from their phones and instantly post photos and tweets to the web.
Turkey is no stranger to TV and internet censorship. But recently, a controversy erupted over a call to censor a book on Turkey's recommended reading list for students. The book was John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men."
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Russian journalist Seva Novgorodsev about a heated public exchange between a well-known Russian rock star and Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The topic was freedom of speech in Russia.
News reports from China say a new online game that allows players to vent their frustration against the authorities is taking the internet by storm. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with The World's East Asia Correspondent Mary Kay Magistad.
The Freemuse Award for free musical expression goes to Ramy Essam, "the singer of the revolution." His song "Irhal" galvanized the crowds at Tahrir Square. The World's Marco Werman speaks with Essam.
A Taiwanese-American businessman in Corvallis, Oregon, has put up a large mural depicting China's crackdown on Tibet and on Taiwanese independence. Chinese authorities sent consulate officials to ask the mayor to have it removed but the mayor said no.
China's government is increasingly trying to control the message and it's increasingly having difficulty doing that. The latest example happened this week in Guangdong. And people went ballistic online.
A Saudi Arabian novel, banned in the Kingdom, is now available in the US in English translation; Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Saudi author Yousef Al-Mohaimeed about his book "Wolves of the Crescent Moon."
Tibetan exiles worldwide long to see a free Tibet. The Dalai Lama has led their struggle for decades. Now he's thinking about retirement. The World's Mary Kay Magistad has the latest on the Dalai Lama, and Tibet's uncharted future.
The World's Laura Lynch profiles pop singer Henry Olonga. He's a former cricket star from Zimbabwe, but a single act of defiance against the government there ended his career and sent him into exile in London. Now he's fighting back with music.
Eurovision, Europe's premier pop-music song contest, bans songs that have political lyrics. Yet the 54-year-old competition has played a role in more than one country's political drama. Anchor Marco Werman explains.
President Obama spoke with reporters today about the unrest in Iran. The president's comments came at an afternoon press conference in the White House Rose Garden. The World's Katy Clark has our report.
Much is stake for the US in today's election in Afghanistan. Charlie Sennott of the website GlobalPost tells anchor Lisa Mullins that the vote is a test of the strength of President Obama's strategy there.
Artists often play a part in the struggle against barriers. The World's Gerry Hadden has been looking into songs that symbolized the struggle against the divided Germany. He didn't find many. But the few he found mostly came from the former East Germany.
Jeb Sharp speaks with the BBC's Jennifer Pak about a spate of attacks on Christian churches in Malaysia. They follow a controversy over the use of the word ?Allah? by some Malaysians when referring to the God of Christianity.