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.
In Bolivia, bicyclists are drawn to a dirt road that is known as the "road of death." It's windy, narrow and edged out of the side of a mountain. So off the road is a steep, deadly drop. Sound great, right?
Bolivian President Evo Morales is staking his bid for a third term on improving the lot of his poorest citizens. But many of those poor Bolivians work in mines, where conditions are deadly and there's little sign that anything is set to improve.
What if President Obama joined the NBA's Washington Wizards? Obama might want to consider that, after he hears what Bolivian President Evo Morales is up to. Morales has just been offered a contract to play professional soccer in Bolivia's first division.
Eddie Avila was born in Kansas to Bolivian parents. Growing up, he was more interested in basketball than football — the version we'd call soccer. But when he eventually moved home to Bolivia, it was soccer that called him there and helped him connect with his native land.
Our Geo Quiz today involves the conflict that broke out in 1879, involving Bolivia, Chile, and Peru, known as the War of the Pacific. This war that redrew the map of South America also goes by two other unlikely names.