The Nobel Peace Prize winner and former secretary-general of the U.N. has co-authored a book on his life's work, Interventions: A Life in War and Peace. He spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about difficult experiences involving Kosovo and Rwanda, as well as the future of Syria.
On summer weekends, Egyptians flee Cairo's sweltering heat and head to the Mediterranean coast. There, they lounge on the beach, and — thanks to hardworking vendors — they can snack on steamed clams and sweet treats without leaving the shade of their umbrellas.
Ben Mattlin was born with a condition called spinal muscular atrophy. Many infants with the disease don't live past age 2, but Mattlin went on to attend Harvard, get married and have kids. "I had this dumb idea from childhood that I could do anything anybody else could do," he says.
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