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Last year it was Barack Obama. This year it's imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. We hear about the Nobel Peace Prize, who gets it and why. Also, the Bank of America halts its foreclosures across the US. On Reporter's Notebook, if he hadn't been killed 30 years ago, John Lennon would have been 70 years old tomorrow. We hear about the many ways he is being remembered.

Banner image: Protestors demonstrate to free Liu Xiaobo, who won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, near the China Liason Office in Hong Kong on October 8, 2010. Photo: Mike Clarke/AFP/Getty Images

Making News Bank of America Halts Its Foreclosures across the US 6 MIN

After reports that bankers used robo-signers to complete home foreclosures without review, the biggest bank in the country has put all foreclosure sales on hold. Damian Paletta reports for the Wall Street Journal.

Damian Paletta, Washington Post (@damianpaletta)

Main Topic Nobel Peace Prize Choice Upsets China: Liu Xiaobo 30 MIN

From a long list of candidates in a world full of war and repression, China's Liu Xiaobo has been chosen for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. However, Liu might not know it until his wife is able visit him in a Chinese prison, where he's serving an 11-years sentence on charges of subversion for advocating human rights. His history of dissent includes a hunger strike during the protests in Tiananmen Square. China warned the Nobel committee to choose someone else. Will this make things even worse for Liu? Will it increase international pressure on China? What have been the consequences of last year's choice of Barack Obama, a first-term President in the midst of two wars?

Sophie Richardson, Human Rights Watch (@SophieHRW)
Kristian Berg Harpviken, Director, Peace Research Institute
Adam Minter, Bloomberg World View (@AdamMinter)
Daryl Kimball, Arms Control Association (@armscontrolnow)
Jay Solomon, Wall Street Journal (@WSJSolomon)

Reporter's Notebook The Life and Legacy of John Lennon 25 MIN

book.jpgJohn Lennon, who helped found — and name — the Beatles 50 years ago, was gunned down by a crazed fan in New York City, 30 years ago. The FBI’s J. Edgar Hover tried hard to deport him at the urging of President Richard Nixon. Yesterday, two days before Lennon would have turned 70, an FBI agent seized John Lennon’s fingerprints from an auction house that valued them at $100,000. Robert Hilburn, former music critic for the Los Angeles Times, is author of Corn Flakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock ‘n Roll Life.

Robert Hilburn, Former LA Times Music Critic

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