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The causes of famine

Droughts and floods can cause food crises. But so can politics and economics. Reporter David Hecht examines the roots of the 2005 food crisis in the West African nation of Niger and why so many children starved to death despite an adequate harvest.

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Norman Borlaug's life and legacy

PRI's The World speaks with Lester Brown, head of the Earth Policy Institute, about the life and career of Norman Borlaug, a scientist whose work developing high-yield crops earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. He died this past weekend.

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Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Queens, New York. That was the location of Louis Comfort Tiffany's glass furnaces. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Rosalind Pepall about a new exhibit of Tiffany's art that's just opened at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris.

Global Politics

Global Hit

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Miami Herald music critic Jordan Levin about Colombian rocker Juanes and his plans for a �Peace without Borders� concert in Havana, Cuba, this weekend.

World in Words - poet Sergei Mikhalkov

He was best known for writing lyrics for this tune. It's the national anthem of Russia. It was also the anthem of the old Soviet Union. Mikhalkov wrote different lyrics for each. The World's Alex Gallafent has more.

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Global Hit

Gypsy jazz meets 1980s pop rock. That's what the Quebec City band The Lost Fingers perform on their new album, �Lost in the 80s.� We hear from band member Byron Mikaloff.

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Super-centenarians

The title of world's oldest person now belongs to a Japanese woman living in Okinawa. She's 114 years old. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Stephen Coles, director of the Gerontology Research Group at UCLA. He keeps track of the world's super-centenarians.

Global Politics

Online freedom in Iraq

Cyrus Farivar reports on Internet regulations in Iraq. Iraqis have had complete Internet freedom since the fall of Saddam Hussein's government. But a bill before the Iraqi parliament seeks to ban websites that advocate violence or violate social norms.