January 11, 2013 The outspoken artist, who has spent time in prison, tells WBUR that state media never report the truth: "It's like bad air all the time." Imprisonment, he says, was like "little beans dropped on the floor in some corner and people just forget about you. It's a very terrifying situation."
October 25, 2012 Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei is pushing authorities' buttons again, this time with a spoof that was quickly blocked from Chinese websites. He's mocking government censorship.
November 1, 2011 His supporters say it's another attempt to silence Ai. He was jailed for nearly three months earlier this year. Ai says he can pay the bill, but wants to see proof that the taxes really are owed.
October 13, 2011 The magazine said the dissident Chinese artist's work reminds the world that "freedom of expression is a basic right." Ai is only the second artist to top the list.
June 22, 2011 The world famous artist had been detained since April. He's known for his efforts to expose social injustice. The official news agency claims he has confessed to avoiding taxes.
April 16, 2011 The artist behind Beijing's Olympic Stadium is now in government custody and artists all over the world are planning protests in support of his release. NPR's Laura Sydell spoke with the controversial artist in 2008. Even then, he was pushing boundaries.
April 7, 2011 UN Secretary General lobbies Congress; Colombia's president goes to the White House; Chinese artist Ai Weiwei accused of economic crimes; Mexican agents find mass graves; fires in Oklahoma
April 5, 2011 Morning Roundup: White House bi-partisan budget meeting; first anniversary of Upper Big Branch mine disaster in West Virginia; Chinese agents arrest artist Ai Weiwei; Detroit Symphony musicians have tentative contract; UConn wins NCAA men's basketball title