Worldview: A first-hand view from North Korea, Venezuela's election, playing chess in Uganda

April 15, 2013

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Worldview: A first-hand view from North Korea, Venezuela's election, playing chess in Uganda

Worldview unpacks the latest developments with North Korea. Venezuela chooses its first post-Chavez leader. A young Ugandan woman's story of using chess to rise from poverty. The IMF's changing attitude towards capital controls. WBEZ's Alison Cuddy fills in for Jerome McDonnell.

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One man's journey inside North Korea


North Korea has reportedly warned Japanthat Tokyo would be attacked first if North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un decidesto launch a missile. United States Secretary of State John Kerry has said theU.S. “will stand with South Korea and Japan against these threats." Mike Kim got to know life in NorthKorea when he spent four years working with refugees on the Chinese border. Hewrote about his experience in Escaping North Korea. He tells Worldview where he thinks the current crisis is heading.


On North Korea's big day, Kerry underlines conditions for talks(CNN) -- As North Koreans celebrated the birthday on Monday of their country's late founder, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the...

In Venezuela, Chavismo hangs on


Hugo Chavez’s successor Nicholas Maduro narrowly won Venezuela's special presidential election Sunday over opposition leader Henrique Capriles. Javier Corrales, professor of political science at Amherst College and co-author of the book Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chavez and the Political Economy of Revolution in Venezuela, joins Worldview to talk about what's next.

Venezuela divided: Recount sought after razor-thin victory of Chavez successorMiguel Gutierrez / EPA Venezuela awoke to political turmoil Monday after Hugo Chavez's chosen successor, Nicolas Maduro, won the country'...
Que viva el Bravo Pueblo de Venezuela! Vamos!!! Está aclarando la mañana en Venezuela!Henrique Capriles R.
En 2006, Chávez ganó con 26%. En 2012, con 11%. Ayer, Maduro ganó oficialmente con 1.59%. Esa "revolución" se está apagando #VenezuelaPascal BeltrandelRio

A chess champion from the slums of Kampala


Phiona Mutesi grew up in the slums of Kampala. She was three when her father died of AIDS. Years later, Mutesi dropped out of school to help her mother. Despite it all, the Ugandan teen managed to become a world-class chess champion. Worldview talks with the rising chess star and her coach, Robert Katende. They’re visiting under-served Chicago-area schools to share their inspiring story and tout the benefits of playing chess.

The Mag: Africa's female chess prodigyStephanie Sinclair She's 14, lives in the slums of Uganda and is just now learning to read. But Phiona Mutesi's instincts have made her a...

The IMF and capital controls


“Capital controls” are mechanisms countries use to control the flow of  money in and out of their economy. For decades, conventional economic wisdom has been to let money come in unabated, and the International Monetary Fund has supported this view. But times have changed. speak w Jonathan Ostry, Deputy Director of the Research Department (RES) at the IMF, explains why the organization has changed its position.

IMF drops opposition to capital controls - FT.comThe International Monetary Fund has cemented a substantial ideological shift by accepting the use of direct controls to calm volatile cro...