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Between food, fuel, medicine and commodity shortages, corruption and rampant crime, this one-time middle income country is falling apart.Good Podcast explainer of what's going on
Venezuela is on a rapid and precipitous decline. You might even say, as my guest today Francisco Toro wrote in a recent piece in The Atlantic, that Venezuela is falling apart. Between food, fuel, medicine and commodity shortages, corruption and rampant crime, this one-time middle income country is struggling mightily. There’s an incipient humanitarian crisis and …
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Wanted to pick the brain of this community: what are good examples of "freemium" models for podcasts? I'm trying to think through the implications of offering premium subscriptions to my podcast and would be curious to know of any success stories for this model.  
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Girl on Guy, Ben Greenfield, Adam Carolla, Heather Ordover all are doing Freemiums - they use the libsyn MyLibsyn offering - email me rob at libsyn dot com and I will send you more info.
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I speak with the NYT's UN correspondent Somini Sengupta about her fascinating new book about India's youth bulge. She also tells some harrowing stories from her time covering conflict in West Africa. Good talk! 
Somini Sengupta is the United Nations correspondent for the New York Times. She’s the author of the new book The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young which tells the story of a huge demographic challenge facing India today, where 365 million people are between the ages of 10 and 24. It is …
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The former USAID was just 36 when took the mantle of America's foreign aid organization. He tells some great stories in this podcast episode.  
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Zika could be a massive public health crisis. The American south could get battered. http://www.globaldispatchespodcast.com/the-coming-zika-crisis/ 
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Eritrea is sometimes called "The North Korea of Africa." After interviewing the author of a new Amnesty International report, i'm beginning to think that's unfair to North Korea. 
After Syrians and Afghans, the largest nationality of people who are fleeing as refugees to Europe are Eritreans. And the vast majority of Eritreans who are fleeing to Europe are young people between the ages of 18 and 24 who are escaping an oppressive system of compulsory national service. National service itself is not a …
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With more people displaced than at any time since Word War Two, the way in which the world deals with crises is broken. Can a UN Conference fix it?
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The underlying assumption of my convo with Secy of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was as interesting as the conversation itself. http://www.globaldispatchespodcast.com/how-tom-vilsack-and-the-us-department-of-agriculture-are-taking-on-climate-change/
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Kevin Rudd is the former prime minister of Australia. And he's on the podcast! http://www.undispatch.com/episode-108-kevin-rudd-the-former-prime-minister-of-australia/
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The longtime +The New York Times South East Asia bureau chief is on the line. He tells an intense story of rescuing a boat full of stranded Rohingya refugees 
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Ashish J. Thakkar was in middle school when he visited his parents in Kigali in April 1994. He barely escaped. Two years later, he started a business that would eventually become the hugely successfully Mara Group. An incredible story--> 
Ashish Thakkar is an African entrepreneur who started his business at the age of 15 having just escaped the Rwanda genocide. That business, the Mara Group, is now a vast enterprise headquartered in Dubai and with operations in 22 African countries. I met Ashish a few weeks ago at a conference in Dubai and learned just …
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William Perry served as Bill Clinton's  Secretary of Defense. In October 1962, he was 35. He tells me this super intense story of his time as a young intel analyst during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 
William Perry was the 19th Secretary of Defense, serving in the Clinton administration from 1994 to 1997. But in 1962, he was a 35 year old mathematician working in the defense industry and living in California. One day in October, his phone rang. It was the deputy director of the CIA who summoned him immediately …
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