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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos talks about how his country has made the transition from the oppression of the Pinochet regime to a modern, open society. Pop legend Petula Clark on her first New York nightclub engagement since the 1970s. Today’s installment of the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at an official seal used for documents in the Indus Valley civilization. Plus, we’ll have our latest Backstory segments.

President Ricardo Lagos and Chile’s Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future

President Obama recently called Chile “a model for the region and the world.” Ricardo Lagos, president of Chile from 2000 to 2006 talks about his country's rise on the world stage. In The Southern Tiger: Chile’s Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, Lagos chronicles Chile's journey from terror and repression under General Pinochet to an open society with a thriving economy.

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Petula Clark

Pop legend Petula Clark talks about making her first New York nightclub engagement since the 1970s at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency. She has sold over 70 million records since the 1950s and is known for her hits “Downtown,” “I Know A Place,” “Don’t Sleep In The Subway,” in addition to leading film and stage roles.

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Underreported: Controversial Livestock Hormone

Helena Bottemiller, a reporter for The Food & Environment Reporting Network, looks at the controversial animal feed additive, ractopamine hydrochloride, which is widely used in the united states but the EU and China have banned it’s use, citing health concerns.

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Backstory: The Global Index of Press Freedom 2011-2012

Delphine Halgand, the Washington, DC, director of Reporters Without Borders, looks at the recent report on international press freedom issued by Reporters Without Borders and examine why the United States dropped 27 places to number 47 this year.

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