- Anti-government protests banned in Cambodia
- Anti-government demonstrations have been banned indefinitely in Cambodia. The ban comes after several striking garment workers were shot dead by police and many others were injured. Hun Sen, who has ruled the country for nearly 30 years, has faced increasing opposition since elections were held last summer. Members of the opposition have called for a new election, alleging fraud, but the government has refused. Elizabeth Becker, a former senior foreign editor at National Public Radio and author of When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution, explains what’s behind the country’s rising political unrest.
- Documentary explores the lives of women in China
The documentary Spilled Water explores how "the economic transformation of China is changing the roles, rights, and social status of its women." Chicago filmmaker May May Tchao returned to her native China to make the film, which tells the stories of four Chinese women- a teacher, a Beijing-based lawyer, a singer and an electronic mechanic. May May Tchao joins us to discuss the film and the changing role of women in Chinese society.
Playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center January 10, 8pm and January 11, 3pm
- Global Notes: An homage to exotica music
- This week on Global Notes we revisit a conversation in which we spotlight keyboardist Lance Kaufman, an artist who pays homage to Korla Pandit. Pandit was considered by many to be the "Godfather of Exotica" music. In 1996 Kaufman released the album Journey to the Ancient City. He also took on the name Karla Pundit, which was a play on the name Korla Pandit. Kaufman once said that this is a true tribute to the artist, not a spoof. We explore the genre and Kaufman's take on exotica music with Morning Shift and Radio M host Tony Sarabia.