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'Think Again' About U.S. Impact On N. Korean Economy

For years, U.S. policy toward North Korea has been going on the premise that economic sanctions could deter North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. Host Scott Simon talks with David Kang, professor of international relations and business at the University of Southern California, about the state of the North Korean economy.

No Longer In Disguise, Female Pakistani Keeps Up Squash

Pakistan's top female squash player used to have to pretend she was a boy. When Maria Toorpakai's secret was finally revealed she had to choose between the sport she loved and her family's safety. Host Scott Simon talks with Toorpakai and former world champion Jonathon Power, who is currently training her in Canada.

Humble Gestures Define New Pope

Pope Francis surprised many this week by washing the feet of young inmates instead of priests in a grand basilica. The ceremony emulates the way Jesus washed the feet of his twelve disciples. On this Easter weekend, Scott Simon considers the meaning behind Pope Francis' break with tradition.

Western Money, African Boots: A Formula For Africa's Conflicts

This model was hailed as a success in Somalia and is now being marshaled to fight rebels in the eastern Congo. It involves Western nations providing financial support to African troops who do the peacekeeping. But why are African countries so silent about their casualty figures?

Is North Korea's Warmongering Rhetoric-As-Usual Or Something To Worry About?

Robert Seigel talks to Victor Cha of the Center for Strategic and International Studies about recent threats from North Korea on the United States and South Korea.

In India, Discrimination Against Women Can Start In The Womb

Indian mothers are more likely to get more prenatal care when they're having a boy, health economists say. These small decisions about iron supplements and tetanus shots can have a profound effect on a girl's life, the researchers argue.
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Bargaining Over Immigration Reform

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the A.F.L.-C.I.O. have reportedly struck a deal on key elements of immigration reform. We examine the back-room bargaining between these two powerful groups and their influence on eventual legislation.