The longest-serving death row prisoner, designer babies, Spongebob Squarepants around the world

November 28, 2018

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Iwao Hakamada walks in front of a fence

Iwao Hakamada, the world’s longest-serving death row inmate, walks for five or six hours every day. After nearly half a century in a 50 square-foot cell, he seems to have an insatiable need to roam. But his freedom could be revoked at any time.


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Today on The World: A Dutch railroad company will compensate individuals whose Jewish relatives were deported on its trains to Nazi death camps. The decade-long civil war in Colombia ended and that's led former fighters to seek new careers. And the popularity of Spongebob Squarepants around the world. Those stories, and the news, today on The World.

Music Heard on Air

The songs played between segments during this episode included:
Artist: The Shanghai Restoration Project
Label: Undercover Culture Music
Artist: Noisia
Label: Vision Recordings
Song: Old World
Artist: Tin Hat
Label: Ryko/WEA
Song: New Heroes
Artist: Chris Hedge
Label: Musicrama/Koch
Song: Crisis
Artist: ©© les Freres Smith
Label: CCCC

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