Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ordered the military to crack down on a rebellious town in the north. In 1982, President Hafez al-Assad, Bashar's father, ordered a military operation that killed at least 30,000 people. Joshua Landis, who writes the blog "Syria Comment," talks to Renee Montagne about the Assad family's legacy.
In Libya, government forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi have been fighting rebels for months. Government officials, however, do everything possible to deny there is a war on and pretend that everything is just fine across the country.
Online music company Pandora went public yesterday, and investors gobbled up the shares. NPR's Nina Gregory notes all this excitement is for a company that has yet to make a profit.
NINA GREGORY: Pandora is a service that lets listeners customize online radio stations, and investors are likely relying on its popularity. The service has over 90 million registered users, which makes a potential for revenues from advertising high.
Democratic Party leaders have been suggesting Rep. Anthony Weiner resign from his New York seat. If Weiner decides to stay, the party has another option, it could redistrict him out. Because New York's population has not increased on a pace with other states, it will lose two congressional districts. One is likely to come from the New York City area.
As China continues to make inroads in markets around the world, many U.S. companies are trying to reach Chinese consumers. In our continuing series on China, Renee Montagne talks to James McGregor with business lobbying firm Apco Worldwide about what U.S. businesses need to do to be successful in China.
Steve Inskeep and Sports Analyst Christine Brennan preview the U.S. Open Golf tournament, which begins Thursday at Congressional Country Club in suburban Washington, DC. Because of injuries, Tiger Woods will not be competing. The field is wide open, but Brennan says keep an eye on American Phil Mikkelson and English golfers Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.
With the release of Scandalous earlier this spring, the Austinites in Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears sound bolder than ever. While their new record maintains the soulful energy of its predecessor, Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!, Lewis and the band exude rock grit on Scandalous — they prove as much in this, their latest interview and performance at WFUV.