Friday Live: live performance throughout the show from Germany-based Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales. He's worked in hiphop and electro, and collaborated as a musician producer with the likes of Daft Punk, Feist and Peaches...but in recent years, he's been performing as a classical pianist. Today he'll talk about, and play from, his recent work, the Re-Introduction Etudes...sheet music and a CD designed to bring lapsed piano students back into the fold.
It's all about the votes, past, present and future. Let's talk elections.
First, we've been hearing rumblings about the rise of far right parties in Europe for a while now. In Britain, one such party is called UKIP, and it's done quite well in the latest round of local elections. We'll check in with the BBC's Paul Moss, who has been following not only the rise of UKIP, but the rise of other right-wing parties in places such as Finland, Italy and Greece.
-- On the heels of new books by Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, Politico journalist CASEY CEP [sep] talks about why publishers love political memoir season, why people don't read them, and how they've become part of the political campaign process.
-- DAVID KATZ talks about his recent article in GQ about the rise of the British butler in pop culture and in real life, particularly in the Middle East and China.
The image we can't quite get out of our heads: masked Mexican wrestlers playing Cumbia versions of 80s hits. More on that in a minute.
First, though, we head to Nigeria -- and some tragic developments in a nation already struggling these past weeks. We get the latest from the city of Jos, the site of two deadly explosions. While no one has claimed responsibility, suspicion has fallen on Boko Haram, the same group responsible for kidnapping dozens of schoolgirls from the town of Chibok last month.
-- Why do all Africa-themed novels look alike on store shelves? Jian speaks to the blog editor for "Africa as a Country" -- a professor of post-colonial literature –who decodes the visual shorthand of book covers from African novelists.
-- Quincy Jones, the music producing legend reflects on his epic career, collaborating with everyone from Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra, to Ray Charles and Michael Jackson.