The Heat Is On

4 segments

On today’s show: We’ll take a look at the myths and realities about censorship and government propaganda in the Chinese media. Then Kay Larson describes how composer John Cage’s life and work was influenced by his conversion to Zen Buddhism. Daniel Okrent, creator of “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” is joined by two of the show’s performers. And New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert examines the consequences of this summer’s heat waves and drought.