Weekend Edition Saturday for October 9, 2010
Oct 9, 2010 — The Nobel Peace Prize makes Chinese dissident writer Liu Xiaobo a symbol. But more striking are the utterly personal words Mr. Liu wrote to his wife, the painter Liu Xia, when was sentenced to 11 years in prison last year.
Oct 9, 2010 — In releasing images of the much-debated cultural center planned for Lower Manhattan, the main developer says he wanted to show people what the project is all about. Sharif El-Gamal says the center will include much more than a mosque; a fitness center and Sept. 11 memorial are also planned.
Oct 9, 2010 — The agency's public integrity unit has been reeling for more than a year over its mishandling of the corruption case against former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. This week it seemed to bounce back, announcing arrests in two major public corruption cases.
Oct 9, 2010 — New York is not the only city divided over the building of a mosque. In the French Mediterranean port of Marseille, construction of a large mosque is being hotly debated. Even though the cornerstone has already been laid, the project is far from being accepted by everyone.
Oct 9, 2010 — A wise spiritual teacher (who also happens to be a bear) stars in Jon J. Muth's vibrantly illustrated picture books. Zen Ghosts combines the simplicity and elegance of a Zen teaching with the mystery and magic of a full-moon, Halloween ghost story.
Oct 8, 2010 — Musicians are always looking for new ways to put their music out into the world, but few are as literal about it as Chad Matheny. The L.A.-based singer-songwriter has been recording albums under the name Emperor X for more than a decade. Now, Matheny has started burying his releases in the ground and asking fans to go out and find them.
Oct 8, 2010 — In August 1980, writer David Sheff flew to New York for the assignment of his life: an interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Over the course of three weeks, he witnessed the day-to-day life of the couple in their Manhattan apartment, months before Lennon was shot dead outside the building. Here, Sheff shares several audio recordings of his interview, most of which has never been broadcast.