Reporter Mary Jo McConahay felt like she'd heard the story from Life of Pi, long before she read the book. Turns out, the book was inspired by Brazilian book by a noted and respected author. McConahay traveled to the man's home town and short time after the author, Moacyr Scliar, died.
Uruguay's new left-wing government has introduced a host of new laws, regarding marijuana, abortion and same-sex marriage. They're hot topics of discussion and, surprisingly, often the reactions people have defy political labels.
Last December, Uruguay became the first country to regulate the sale and production of marijuana, from seed to smoke. Now, people who were growing pot illegally are preparing to start legitimate businesses.
After 12 years in the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, six former inmates are now residents of Uruguay. The country's president, José Mujica, hasn't just allowed them in, either — he's rolling out a red carpet for them.