Highlights from The World’s broadcast on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. The Venezuelan vote in Florida, dating and morality i n Pakistan, recycling metal body parts after cremation, and a new musical star for Cape Verde.
Brazil’s government has been accused of negligence in its preparations for the 2014 World Cup. Marco Werman gets a taste of the controversy from TIm Vickery, the BBC’s South America soccer correspondent. We’ll have more later in the broadcast.
Marco Werman talks with Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who helped jumpstart Egypt’s democratic revolution via a Facebook page that encouraged people to protest. Here, Marco asks Ghonim what he was doing a year ago today. We’ll have the rest of the conversation with Ghonim later in the broadcast.
The late, great Christopher Hitchens was a powerful voice in support of the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. (His position upset many in the establishment left, including some who’d grown up with him in the ranks of British socialism.)
Here’s one of the last pieces Christopher Hitchens wrote on the subject, an argument tethering the Iraq war to the Arab Spring.
The war in Iraq has officially been declared over. But, unofficially, what does it mean for a war to end? If you missed it the first time around, I urge you to take a listen to Jeb Sharp’s award-winning radio series, How Wars End.
(Oh, and it might take a couple of seconds to be be pulled up from our archives. Apologies.)
The UK’s political leaders might wish it were only comedy.
As The World’s Clark Boyd reported from Brussels today, overnight negotiations resulted in deal intended to save the euro. But, UK Prime Minister David Cameron having vetoed any deal that would include all EU members, it’s an agreement that leaves Britain out in the cold.
Oh, and something bouncy for the weekend: a great medley of music from today’s show, featuring a set of vintage Cumbia recordings from Colombia. The medley’s posted on this page, and here’s a chat between our host Marco Werman and intrepid record collector Will Holland. Enjoy.