But in the Digital Age — with the insidious ease of online trackers, global positioning system devices and omnipresent security cams — privacy is becoming an increasingly rare commodity. The more rare something is, the more valuable it is. The more valuable it is, the more savvy entrepreneurs want to traffic in it — buy and sell, swap and pawn. And so we are seeing the rise of a new economy — commerce that works overtime to give the rest of us some alone time.
Transgender woman Chrissy Lee Polis brutally attacked by two teenage girls at a McDonald's restaurant outside Baltimore last week. Since then, a video of the beating has been widely circulated online and watched by hundreds of thousands of people. The attack has sparked outrage and also prompted a broader discussion around gender identity discrimination. Host Michel Martin speaks about the attack and gender identity issues with Nick Madigan, crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun. Also Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Doctors have given the green light for wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to travel to Florida for Friday's launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. Congresswoman Giffords husband, Captain Mark Kelly, is the astronaut who will be leading the Endeavour's last flight into space. Giffords has been recuperating from a wound she received, in January, when a gunman opened fire at a constituent meeting the congresswoman was holding outside of a Tuscon supermarket. Six victims died and several, including the congresswoman, were wounded.
Today, President Barack Obama released the long-form of his birth certificate proving he is a U-S citizen. Questions over the President's citizenship have provided fuel for his critics giving rise to the so-called birther movement. Recently, a doctored photo raised questions about President Obama's citizenship. It also drew fire as being racist.
He has been one of the most recognized and beloved Nigerian contemporary artists in the past twenty years. Son of Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti has managed to break from his father's legacy and create his own unique identity as an artist, infusing modern jazz and funk twists into his songs. An outspoken activist, his lyrics decry government corruption. Host Michel Martin speaks with Kuti about his latest album Africa for Africa, his life and his musical legacy.
Emmylou Harris sings with a steadfast purity that can be starkly beautiful; it can also be coldly distancing. Over the years, her public image has coalesced around the idea of a serene singer-songwriter whose elegance and wisdom is signaled by her silver-gray hair. It takes a lot to get a rise out of Harris, but producer Jay Joyce has succeeded on Hard Bargain.
There's new video — shot from quite far away — from Houston's KTRK-TV of what the station says is Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) walking up the steps of a small passenger jet this morning for a flight to Florida.