Today on The World, we take you to France for the answer to life, the universe and everything. In other words, as any fan of The Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy will tell you, "42." That's the name of a new French information technology school in Paris that's trying to shake up the old ways and make learning, dare we say it, a bit more American. Zut alors!
-- Last month, Shezanne Cassim – a 29-year-old American man living in the United Arab Emirates – was sentenced to one year in jail over a satirical video he posted online. New York Times Middle East correspondent BEN HUBBARD unpacks the case and explores what it says about the climate for culture and particularly satire in the country.
It's certainly Monday, but no one's Blue about it here in Boston.
After all, we're running at a balmy 51 degrees this morning. We do, however, realize that many of you are not so lucky, thanks to a little something called, ominously, the "polar vortex." We're certainly curious about what the extremely cold weather is all about, and so we'll chat with climate reporter Eric Holthaus to get some answers. We'll also take you north to Yellowknife, Canada, where -30 degrees is pretty standard winter fare. Hopefully, we can give you some tips on staying warm!
-- Journalist T.A. FRANK of The New Republic, explains how "America's least-favorite City" – Washington, D.C. -- has become the go-to setting for many new television dramas.
-- UK writer-actor-comedian STEVE COOGAN discusses adapting the story and acting in his Golden Globe-nominated film "Philomena", directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judy Dench as an Irish woman seeking the adult son that she was forced to give up as a baby due to her out-of-wedlock pregnancy.