Soap operas open new windows into our increasingly global world. For example, Latin America is a prolific producer — and consumer — of soap operas. But now it's important soap operas from abroad, too. Including from Turkey.
The NSA ha ignited a firestorm over its extensive spying on friends and allies alike, but it's clear the US is far from alone. Also, a new study finds billions of planets in the Milky Way that might be like Earth, and a former US president says he almost punched out a foreign leader. All this and more, in today's Global Scan.
At first glance Old Providence is paradise, a small Caribbean island with palm trees swaying in the breeze, white sands and emerald waters, untouched by mass tourism. But the island has a guilty secret — the huge number of people who have turned to drug-running and then disappeared.
We listen in on a conversation between two political kidnap victims: the BBC's Alan Johnston, who was held hostage in Gaza, and Ingrid Betancourt, who was held for years by Colombia's main rebel group, the FARC.
An international panel that examined anti-drug policies around the globe declared today that the war on drugs has failed. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with one of the panel members, the former president of Colombia, César Gaviria.