Tension in Israel, Protests on Wall Street, Extreme Chefs and Story Slams in Louisville: Here and Now

by Laura Ellis on September 27, 2011

Israel’s government has given the final go-ahead for the construction of 1,100 new housing units in east Jerusalem. The move is sure to heighten tensions, which are already high following a Palestinian move last week to seek U.N. membership. We’ll talk to Rami Ruhayem, the BBC’s editor in the region.

What began as a modest protest with about 200 people opposed to corporate greed and social inequality grew over the weekend to a march with around a thousand people clashing with New York Police — and a dispute over who was at fault. Protesters say videos show police using excessive force. The New York Police Department says they were responding with appropriate means and that the videos have been edited. What do the protestors want and what’s been their experience living in a Manhattan park? We’ll speak with Nelini Stamp, who’s been in the Occupy Wall Street Camp since the first day.

You may have heard the buzz by now: The Moth Radio Hour is coming to Louisville, and our first local StorySlam is tonight at Headliners Music Hall. We’ll talk to Senior Producer Jenifer Hixson, and Dan Kennedy, who hosts the hugely-popular Moth podcast.

And The Food Network now has a show combining our love for cooking shows with our desire to watch people compete with each other under harrowing conditions: Extreme Chef. While you may have had your share of mishaps in the kitchen, you’ve probably never had to cook a meal on a car engine, chisel your ingredients out of the middle of an ice block, or prepare dinner in a ghost town using only miner tools and hot coal. Host Marsh Mokhtari joins us to talk about the show and some extreme cooking that will happen tonight in Louisville.

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