PRI's The World: 6/03/14

June 03, 2014

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The release of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban prisoners has generated a lot of conversation. It got us wondering what's going on at Guantanamo Bay these days. Also, the Syrian elections are happening on Tuesday. Many in the anti-Assad camp see the elections as a complete farce. And, the joys and pitfalls of communal toilets.

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One show in the United Arab Emirates is turning poets into millionaires

An amateur poet won $1.3 million on a TV talent show called "Million's Poet" in the United Arab Emirates last week. The show, compared to "American Idol" for poetry, ended its sixth season. As literary prizes go, the only thing that comes close to this amount of money is the Nobel Prize for Literature with $1.2 million.

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