Every March, the beautiful people like Madonna and Diddy and Karl Lagerfeld head down to Miami to join the the gods of electronic dance music. There, they float in and out of dance clubs to hear some of the best DJs in the world practice their trade.
Revolutions in the Middle East have inspired many comparisons, but they may look more like the European revolutions of 1848. As University of Missouri professor Jonathan Sperber tells Guy Raz, 1848 — like the modern Middle East — saw a wave of working-class uprisings spurred by frustration with entrenched dictators, high food prices and a citizenry with new access to information.
There are reports of fresh fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi on Libya's Mediterranean coast. One of the latest battlefields is the oil port of Ras Lanuf. It was initially seized by rebels after the uprising in mid-February, but then recaptured by Gadhafi loyalists. Now the rebels are back and battling for control.
Our Three-Minute Fiction deadline has passed. Now the real fun begins. This round, listeners submitted nearly 3,000 original short stories. We are poring through them now. But while we do, we have a sneak peak at some of our favorite passages so far.
The violent extremism of the Gadhafi regime in Libya surprised many foreign policy watchers. Host Guy Raz speaks with writer Dominique Moisi, who says diplomats are often right with their predictions — but far too prudent in their actions.