-- 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.
Two members of the Russian band Pussy Riot have walked out of Russian prisons under amnesty terms outlined by President Vladimir Putin last week. The move comes just days after the release of Russian tycoon Mikail Khodorkhovsky, who is now in Germany. We're going to dig in and look at this recent spate of Russian prison releases, which have been described by one Pussy Riot member as "a PR stunt." But how does it look from the viewpoint of Putin's supporters?