True Grit has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture. But one category from which it was noticeably absent was Best Original Score. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences disqualified the score because it used familiar music — in this case, hymns.
The tiny island nation of Bahrain plays a big role in America's Middle East strategy. In fact, more than 6,000 U.S. military personnel and contractors are located just five miles from where government security forces violently put down demonstrations this week.
Bahrain is also home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, a major logistics hub for the U.S. Navy ships. The island is located halfway down the Persian Gulf, just off the coast of Saudi Arabia, and is something of a rest stop for U.S. Navy ships cruising the waters of the Gulf.
The Democratic delegation of the Wisconsin State Senate fled the state this week rather than vote on a budget measure that would end most collective bargaining rights for public employees. Host Scott Simon talks with one member of the delegation, State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, about why he and his fellow Democrats retreated.
One of Egypt's major industrial towns has gone from revolution to labor unrest. Dozens of factories in Suez are facing action from disgruntled workers, ranging from lists of demands to full-scale strikes. Some analysts say the turmoil is just an adjustment after the Mubarak era, when factory owners were able to pay low wages while flouting health and safety laws. Suez is a major industrial center, with petrochemicals and heavy industry, such as steel mills, so any long-term disruptions there could be very costly to Egypt's economy.
The protests in Wisconsin are shining a light on the power of public-sector labor unions. While union membership is down across the country as a whole, government workers are a big exception.
Many critics say government unions have used their clout to negotiate generous benefits — and they say these need to be scaled back in the current fiscal crisis. Union officials, on the other hand, say they're being scapegoated for the economy's problems.