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Mandela's Graceful Departure A Hallmark Of His Presidency

Robert Siegel talks with John Matisonn, who was NPR's southern Africa correspondent from 1986 to 1991, about Nelson Mandela's unusually generous departure from power. He served one term, then retired — bucking a trend common among many well-known African leaders.

Brazil Tramples Poor Citizens In Its Rush To Glory

Brazil wanted this to be their moment in the sun — hosting the World Cup and the Olympics was meant to show the country at its best. Instead, the spotlight is being shone on glaring inequality and a culture that invests in glossy stadiums while displacing its poor.

China's 'Shadow Banking' And How It Threatens The Economy

China's economic growth has been fueled by bank loans that flow freely. But during the latest bout of turmoil, China's central bank indicated that it may no longer lend so quickly and cheaply. The so-called shadow banking sector is of particular concern.

Culture Clash Between Africans And African-Americans?

It's a special Africa-themed Barbershop this week. Host Michel Martin checks in with the guys to get their take on President Obama's visit, the culture clash between Africans and African-Americans, and the life of Nelson Mandela.

Love Lost Between Africa And President Obama?

President Obama continues his weeklong trip in Africa. Host Michel Martin speaks to Africa expert Howard French, of Columbia University, about the significance of the visit and whether Africa's love affair with President Obama is waning.

Can Africa Manage Its Own Growth?

Africa may be seeing lots of economic growth, but one group says there aren't enough business leaders to manage it. That's something the African Management Initiative is trying to change. Host Michel Martin finds out how it plans to train one million managers over the next decade.

Blog From The Bedroom Brings Pillow Talk to Africans

Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women is not just a blog about sex. It's considered a safe digital space where women are finding their voice. Host Michel Martin finds out more from the blog's founders, Nana Darkoa Sekiyamah and Malaka Grant.

U.S. Pacifies An Afghan Village, But Will It Stay That Way?

The southern Afghan district of Arghandab has long been a Taliban stronghold, and it took years of fighting for the Americans to reduce the insurgent threat. But with the U.S. leaving, it will be up to the Afghan security forces to maintain control.

Who Are These 'Bankers' Ecuador Keeps Referencing?

Ecuador says the U.S. refuses to extradite two bankers who allegedly embezzled millions from a bailout. Officials keep referring to their request in relation to the Edward Snowden case.

Vatican Official Arrested Over Alleged $26 Million Scheme

Authorities said Monsignor Nunzio Scarano was plotting to help friends smuggle the money by jet from Switzerland to Italy. Scarano is already under investigation for money laundering.