Albertina Sisulu is being buried in Soweto, South Africa today. She was 92 when she died, and liked to recall that when she and a few other women organized a protest in 1956 of the passbooks that were bedrock of South Africa's apartheid laws, they chanted, "When you tamper with women, you strike a rock."
Albertina Sisulu was born in rural Transkei. Her father cracked rocks in South Africa's dangerous, pitiless mines, and died when she was 11. Her mother was sick and mournful. Albertina had to look after her mother and three siblings.
The once-warm relationship between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is deteriorating and could cause Syria to lose a key ally in the region. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Deborah Amos, who is monitoring the conflict in Syria from Beirut, about the effects of the dispute on the region.
Here's an old joke: I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out. That might not be so far from the truth in the Stanley Cup series between Vancouver and Boston. There's not much love lost between the combatants in the NBA Finals, either. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Tom Goldman about the championship series in the NHL and the NBA.
While the NATO chief claims Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi could be expelled any day now, others say the situation in Libya has reached a stalemate. Host Scott Simon talks with Dirk Vandewalle, professor of government at Dartmouth, about what's led to the stalemate and the prospects for breaking it.
The Nation's capital is no stranger to scandal. Three decades ago, Mayor Marion Barry was busted smoking crack in a motel. Since then, leaders in Washington, D.C., have worked hard to restore the city's image. But a series of scandals involving the new mayor and nearly half the city council have some questioning if the District is returning to the old days.