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Worldview 10.19.11

The U.S. government alleges that officials high up in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard concocted a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., with the help of a Mexican drug gang. We speak with Trita Parsi, director of the National Iranian American Council, about the accusations. Later, we sit down with activist Nileema Mishra, who recently won the 2011 Magsaysay Award, considered Asia’s Nobel Prize. Nileema organizes thousands of Indians into self-help groups. They collectively acquire loans, save money, and elevate their lives – all without government assistance. She tells us what low-income Indians need to escape poverty. And, fifty-two years ago this week, Franzkarl Schwendinger opened the “Scotch Club” in the quiet German city of Aachen. He hired the world’s first disc jockey to enliven the atmosphere. Inauspiciously, the discotheque era was born. Jerome and Radio M host Tony Sarabia play their favorite global disco hits to mark the anniversary.

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