PRI's The World: 10/21/2013 (France, Mexico, Colombia)
October 21, 2013
France and Mexico demand an explanation from the US after new revelations of NSA spying in those countries. Also, a national park in Colombia once controlled by rebels is now safe for visitors. Plus, the real life story behind Annie, the CPR mannequin that has helped save countless lives.
Stories in this Edition
Lifestyle & Belief
The CPR training mannequin Rescue Annie has been kissed millions of times around the world. But the face isn't merely some computer animation — it's believed to be based on the face of a woman pulled out of Paris' Seine River back in the 1880s. While that's the official story, and believed to be true, dozens (or more) other versions have also popped up.
Business, Finance & Economics
What do you do when you have too many jobs? In British Columbia, construction companies are recruiting Irish tradespeople to fill thousands of vacant positions.
Conflict & Justice
Valeria Fernandez is an Arizona-based reporter who covers immigration along the US-Mexico border. Last week, she interrupted her vacation to go to the Italian island of Lampedusa, where hundreds of African migrants drowned in a shipwreck.
In the latest Snowden leaked records revelation, France was the target of the NSA. The French newspaper Le Monde reported that the National Security Agency swept up about 70 million phone records over a 30-day period. And the French have their own special reason for being angry.
While France reacted sharply to recent news of NSA eavesdropping on its leaders, Mexico seems relatively unfazed. Over the weekend, newly-leaked documents revealed that the NSA hacked the emails of former Mexican president Felipe Calderon.This, after news that the NSA spied on current Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto while he was campaigning.
Conflict & Justice
For many years, FARC rebels controlled La Macarena National Park. Two journalists had dangerous encounters there and frightening memories. So why did they bring their kids this time?