The work of the San Diego architect takes its cues from the "informal design" (that's another way of saying "shantytowns") of Tijuana. But selling his radical designs to new immigrants is a challenge; they tend to want a house with a white picket fence. Studio 360's Peter Crimmins crossed the border with Cruz to find out more.
Last year listener Marc Solomon lost his job as a trial lawyer. He tells Kurt how the turn of events got him to pursue a brand new career as a sound engineer and designer.
Zarife Öztürk works at a publishing house in Istanbul. A few years ago she made it her mission to translate Judy Blume's children's books into Turkish. Öztürk fell in love with Blume's books when she was 10 years old, and about to attend school in America for the first time. Produced by Michele Siegel.
The current violence in Somalia is painfully familiar to K'naan, who grew up in Mogadishu in the 1980's. He loved American hip-hop before he understood English. K'naan's new record is called Troubador. Produced by Matthew Cavnar.
Belarus is called the last dictatorship in Europe. The government censors the arts, so performance troupe Free Theatre Belarus performs secretly, in converted houses, to avoid arrest. American playwright Aaron Landsman went to visit the group in Minsk, and learned what theater is really all about. Produced by David Krasnow and Gretta Cohn.