Listener Todd Parkman knows exactly when politics became personal for him. For five years, Todd, his wife and some friends worked to get an alcohol law passed in Mississippi, a state that has many dry counties.
Ma Jun, a former investigative journalist in Beijing, is pressuring global companies to clean up their act in his country. Using public information, he has made maps of the air and water pollution left by the supply chain of companies such as Apple.
Today, Dick Gordon is in Haiti. He's finding out how and where people are living, two years after the earthquake. He begins at one of the largest refugee camps outside of Port au Prince, Camp Canaan, where he meets the man who is both pastor and local president. And he ends up at a dance practice in Cite Soleil, where young men confront the past and reach for a better future to the beat of hip hop.
Ahmed's latest entry is a study of the two Baghdads that he sees in Iraq. During the day, the city has become somewhat calmer, but at night, the city itself becomes the biggest fear weighing on its citizens' minds.
Sokeel Park of the U.S.-based NGO Liberty in North Korea talks to host Dick Gordon about how young North Koreans use illegal cell phones to get outside information and how security has been tightened in the country.