In Singapore, the defamation lawsuit - or the threat of one - is a handy tool for politicians to use against their critics. Now, a Singaporean government agency has used such a threat to shut down an Internet web log - whose author happens to be a UI graduate student. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
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For decades America's Midwest has been known as the world's breadbasket, exporting a flood of grain. But last year, for the first time, the soybean harvest in South America surpassed the United States harvest - and within five years, Brazil alone is expected to outproduce US farms. That's creating more pressure on Illinois farmers. But it's sending others in search of what some are calling a soybean El Dorado. AM 580's Tom Rogers reports as a part of "Think Global," public radio's week of special coverage on globalization issues.
About 800 social science researchers gathered at the University of Illinois for the first Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Conference director Norman Denzin (left) of the UI's Institute of Communications Research spoke with AM 580's Jim Meadows about the qualitative approach. He says governments and funding agencies have been neglecting qualitative research in favor of the quantitative approach - and that scholarship has suffered as a result.