Arab Spring Update
Four months ago, mass protests across the small North African country of Tunisia forced out its longtime dictator Zine El Abadine Ben Ali. The movement quickly sparked a series of revolts throughout the Middle East, from Egypt to Libya to Syria and beyond. With democratic elections approaching in Tunisia, Neal Conan speaks with Roula Khalaf of the Financial Times about what's changed in that country, and what hasn't, as it follows a challenging path toward democracy. And as NATO warplanes strike targets in Libya's capital, NPR's Lourdes Garcia Navarro gives us an update on the civil war as rebels claim new gains in Misrata in their attempt to drive out the Gadhafi regime.
Chastity Bono struggled for decades with the feeling that she was born into the wrong body. At the age of forty, the daughter of Sonny and Cher decided to undergo surgery and hormone treatment and transition to life as a man. The years leading up to the decision were fraught with gender confusion, failed relationships, the loss of a parent and drug addiction. A new documentary, and accompanying memoir, details Chastity's deeply personal journey to becoming Chaz. Neal Conan talks with Chaz Bono about his experience, the film, Becoming Chaz and the book, Transition.
U.S. Mexico Drug Wars
The toll of Mexico's drug war continues to grow — nearly 35,000 dead, countless kidnappings and mass graves, and police and government officials rendered helpless in many cases by violent cartels. Last Sunday, more than 10,000 people took to the streets of Mexico in an unprecedented show of national frustration and declared: No more blood. Host Neal Conan speaks with Ruben Martinez, English professor at Loyola Marymount University and Nicholas Casey of the Wall Street Journal about the drug war in Mexico and the high-profile murder that brought thousands into the streets.