January 8th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, Al-Jazeera, writer's strike, "Money for Nothing", Kenya.
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January 8th Show

Coming up on today's show, we'll take a look at the Al-Jazeera television network, the largest Arabic news channel in the Middle East. In our first hour, we will talk about the criticism and controversy that has surrounded Al-Jazeera over the years, how some argue that the network is changing, who is watching, and why the network is not more widely available in America. At the end of the hour, we'll talk to Undercover Brother writer John Ridley about why he is ready to cross the writer's strike picket line.

"I've just got to hit that number!" I've heard this line more times than I can count... mostly from people who don't actually play the lottery. But millions of people do, and it's easy to understand why. Imagine hitting that number, being showered by a windfall of money and your wildest dreams coming true. But is this what actually happens? We've heard the stories of lottery winners whose dreams eventually turned into nightmares. Maybe becoming an overnight millionaire is more trouble than it's worth. In the second hour, we'll talk with Edward Ugel, the author of a book about his years working with lottery winners, and Rebecca Paul Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, about losing by winning the lottery. At the end of the hour, we'll talk to NPR's Gwen Thompkins in Nairobi, Kenya, and to Ken Okoth about the current crisis in Kenya and the Red Rose Nursery and Children's Centre he runs in his homeland of Nairobi.