The Colombian city of Medellin was once the murder capital of the world and ground zero for Pablo Escobar's cocaine cartel. But Medellin has lately emerged as a hotspot for urban planning and innovative mass transit. John Otis reports.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Houston Chronicle reporter John Otis, who's in Bogota and provides details of the rescue and intelligence operation that secured the release of Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages held by Colombia's FARC rebels.
For today's Global Hit, we hear the sounds of African influence in Colombia. A new collection called Palenque Palenque shows how Afro roots music asserted in the 70s and 80s within a salsa-dominant country.
Tom Schnabel of KCRW in Santa Monica, California spins a few of his favorite tracks from the new compilation CD "Diablos Del Ritmo." The album highlights the wide range of musical styles from Colombia.
Qatar has been blasted for its treatment of its laborers — and a new report paints an unpleasant picture of what those jobs can be like. Plus Switzerland considers a big increase to its minimum wage and a Beijing student sees smog as a way to put smiles on people's faces.
Google is moving to implement Europe's controversial 'right to be forgotten' — with a twist. It's started by removing search results from news organizations, very likely to be upset. That story and more in today's Global Scan.