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Arts, Culture & Media

Kit Kat big in Japan

American candy lovers know the Kit Kat bar. But few would recognize the varieties sold in Japan. 200 kinds of Kit Kat bars have been sold in Japan over the years. Akiko Fujita checked out the candy in Tokyo.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer / Global Hit

For today's Geo Quiz we were looking for a region of steep mountains and canyons on the northern coast of Colombia. The answer is the Montes de Maria; these mountains inspired the today's Global Hit. Reporter Madeleine Bair tells us more.

Global Politics

Sisters in War

A new book profiles an Iraqi family's experience of the war in Iraq from their great optimism in 2003 to the despair and horror of the civil war years. Anchor Katy Clark talks with author Christina Asquith who shared their lives in Baghdad for many years.

Conflict & Justice

Orchid Ensemble

We hear music from Canadian-based trio, Orchid Ensemble. Its latest CD is inspired in part by the Uyghur music of northwestern China. The title is The Road to Kashgar. And the Uyghur city of Kashgar is the answer to our Geo Quiz today.

Global Politics

One Spanish town's recession

In Spain, the economic crisis is hitting small towns particularly hard. Now, basic public services such as trash pick-up are going neglected in places such as the village of Collbato, in northeast Spain. The World's Gerry Hadden has the story.

Global Politics

Paying the Taliban to quit

The US military in Afghanistan is to be allowed to pay Taliban fighters who renounce violence. The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, Senator Carl Levin, sees pay for former Taliban fighters to protect their communities. Katy Clark talks with him.

Global Politics

Egypt's Ali G.

A new Egyptian TV show features a fake Italian talk show host who interviews unsuspecting Egyptian officials. He asks them sexually suggestive questions, which is taboo in Egypt. But the host steers well clear of political satire. Julia Simon reports.

Business, Finance & Economics

The Limits of GDP

The recession in the US is technically over. GDP grew at a rate of 3.5% in the last three months ending in September. But there's a growing cadre of economists who say GDP has outlived its usefulness as a gauge of economic health. Jason Margolis has more.