Fresh Air

Pussy Riot members Yekaterina Samutsevich (left), Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass-walled cage in a Moscow court on Oct. 10, 2012. Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images

Europe

The 'Pussy Riot' Arrests, And The Crackdown That Followed

According to Russian journalist Masha Gessen, the 2012 arrests were the start of a campaign by Vladimir Putin and his supporters against government critics. Gessen, who is also an LGBT rights advocate, recently moved to New York with her partner and their children in response to the anti-gay laws Russia passed in June.

IFC's The Spoils Of Babylon follows a sister (Kristin Wiig) and adopted brother (Tobey Maguire) caught up in a passionate romance. Katrina Marcinowski/IFC hide caption

itoggle caption Katrina Marcinowski/IFC

Television

On TV This Week: 'Babylon' Has Good Fun, 'Detective' Is The Real Deal

Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli says two new miniseries this week are worth special mention — and couldn't be more different. The Spoils Of Babylon is a miniseries soap-opera spoof on IFC; True Detective looks like the best HBO drama since The Wire.

Coming Up

Fresh Air

Monday

View show

One of Megan Mayhew Bergman's short stories is based on the life of dancer and actress Butterfly McQueen. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Hulton Archive/Getty Images
View show

Saturday

View show

Al Michaels will announce the Super Bowl game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots on Feb. 1. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
View show