We had a ferocious thunder storm move through our area around 4:00 am and it did some damage to our transmitter. Our Chief Engineer is on-site working on repairs and we hope to be back on the air soon. After he gets the main transmitter up and running he will check out our Short Mountain Repeater at 92.5 fm to make sure that it didn't suffer damage as well.
We will have more information for you here as soon as we get an update.
-- Ahead of Nigeria's 2015 general elections, political thuggery has gone digital. Journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani explains how politicians are recruiting Nigerian youth to slander their rivals online.
-- Craig Silverman of the Poynter Institute speaks to Q about his 'breaking news' fact-checker website that tries to debunk all those viral (but unfortunately not true) news stories coursing through social media.
Gluten-free bread in Italy? First though, some sobering news from the frontlines today:
The Syrian border town of Kobani is about to fall to fighters from the so-called Islamic State group. It's a big deal and we'll find out why. We'll get the latest from Catherine James with the British newspaper The Guardian. She's right on the border. And we'll speak with Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations to explore why Turkey hasn't acted to protect Kobani even though it's right on Turkey's doorstep.
-- Piya talks to the Guardian's music writer Peter Kimpton about the death of the misheard song lyric: why the internet is killing these imaginative earslips, and as a result, encouraging a culture of homogeneity.
-- From the Best of Q, Jian's conversation with Tracey Davis, whose new memoir is about her famous father Sammy Davis Jr.