On Thursday, a hearing by the House Committee on Homeland Security will investigate "the extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community and that community's response". On Monday, Tell Me More host Michel Martin spoke with one Muslim Congressman who voiced reservations about the scope and tone of the hearings. On Tuesday, Martin speaks with the founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser whose testimony will be a centerpiece of the probe.
While Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi fights a military campaign to oust him, pressure is mounting on Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign. This week the Yemeni leader rejected a proposal by opposition parties that would have required him to leave by the end of the year. Now, as public demonstrations against Saleh's regime continue, Yemen's opposition is calling for an escalation against the president. Al Jazeera International's Washington bureau chief Abderrahim Foukara discusses the latest developments in the Middle East and North Africa.
If I picked my number one album of any given year based solely on how many times I played it, the self-titled debut from Broken Bells would have been light years ahead of everything else I listened to last year. One of the most infectious releases of 2010, Broken Bells perfectly pairs The Shins frontman James Mercer's falsetto with the elegant but quirky sonic sensibilities of über-producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton).
Our pal Linda Holmes over at Monkey See was ahead of us in noting this news from the lighter side (pun intended) of things. But the video is well worth watching if you want a bit of relief from the serious stuff.