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Global Politics

Microinsurance grows in Colombia

Some insurance companies are offering microinsurance for the poor, especially for health matters, meant to protect the poor against financial disasters caused by illness, death or crop failure. Reporter John Otis has the story from Barranquilla, Colombia.

Arts, Culture & Media

Stone money

On the Pacific Island of Yap, you can't exactly keep change in your pocket when dealing in the local currency. It's stone and up to twelve feet across. Its origins go back millennia. The money is still used. From PRI's The World.

Business, Finance & Economics

Overseas bailout

As the U.S. bailout plan stumbles on Capitol Hill, European banks are suffering from their exposure to the U.S. crisis. The World's Laura Lynch reports that governments in Europe have had to intervene with bailouts of their own.

Arts, Culture & Media

The underwear economy

Economists and analysts track just about everything to gauge how the economy is doing. Some analysts just focus on one product- can we really learn how the economy is doing by looking in our underwear drawers? The World's Jason Margolis reports.