Chinese writer Mo Yan is the 2012 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The 57-year-old writer has been compared to — and was inspired by — William Faulkner because of the way Mo creates an imaginary place and characters out of his hometown. He is a state-approved writer but some say there are subtle layers of social commentary in his writing.
London's mass transit system, known as the Tube, has been hit by a guerrilla attack by pranksters. Informational posters in rail cars have been covered up by stickers poking fun at the system. Shepherd's Bush stop was relabeled Shepherd's Pie. Priority seating in pranked cars now reads: "Pretend to be asleep and they won't ask you to move."
Turkey's Prime Minister has given more details about the cargo on board a Syrian passenger plane that was intercepted by Turkish Air Force jets and forced to land in Ankara on Wednesday. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the plane was carrying "defense equipment" for the Syrian military. Officials in both Syria and Russia have denied that claim.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the United States is facing the possibility of a "cyber-Pearl Harbor." James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Thom Shanker of the New York Times and Greg Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology join Diane to discuss concerns over cybersecurity and the administration’s plans to combat the threat.
The Taliban threatened the Yousafzai family in northern Pakistan for years because they were outspoken in supporting girls' education. NPR reporter Philip Reeves recounts his previous meetings with the family patriarch, whose daughter, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, is now fighting for her life.
Artillery fire between Syria and Turkey has further raised the stakes, and NATO has pledged to defend its Turkish ally. NPR's Peter Kenyon, Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma, and Soner Cagaptay of The Washington Institute discuss the broader implications.
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