-- 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.
Sure, Barack Obama stopped by a Little League practice. But Bolivian President Evo Morales is going him one better -- he's actually going to play for a professional soccer team. More in a minute.
First, though, we try to get a handle on the news that the FBI wants five members of the Chinese military arrested on charges of state-sponsored corporate espionage. The news comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to China tomorrow. We can imagine some potentially interesting Edward Snowden-related discussions.
-- Jian moderates a debate between writer Stephen Marche, who argues that inequity around domestic chores could be solved if women simply learn to do less and live with lower standards of cleanliness. Journalist Jessica Grose disagrees, saying the change needs to come from men, and it is possible.
What's in a letter? No, not that kind of letter. We're talking about letters of the alphabet, specifically, the Russian letter "yo." More on that in a minute.
We start, today, with some first-person stories out of Syria. Soumer Dagestani is a BBC Arabic producer originally from Homs. Soumer will tell us about his family, who has been in Homs throughout the conflict. And then we'll hear the harrowing story of Anthony Lloyd, a reporter for The Times of London who was recently kidnapped while en route from Aleppo to the Turkish border. You won't want to miss the story of his escape.