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Ghana is all dressed up for President Obama's first official visit to sub-Saharan Africa. Is the rest of the continent ready for tough love? Does international aid lead to dependence?  Can it be structured to help countries help themselves? Also, General Motors emerges from bankruptcy, and rhesus monkeys live longer when they eat fewer calories—a lot fewer.  Will it work for people?

Banner image: President Barack Obama addresses the Ghanaian Parliament in Accra, Ghana July 11, 2009. Official White House Photo: Chuck Kennedy

Making News GM Emerges from Bankruptcy 7 MIN, 19 SEC

General Motors emerged from bankruptcy today and CEO Fritz Henderson declared that “business as usual is over.” Acknowledging the support GM has received during its transformation, he vowed to make the intensity, decisiveness and speed “the new norm” in the company's day-to-day operations. Tim Higgins is automotive reporter for the Detroit Free Press.

Tim Higgins, Business writer for the Detroit Free Press

Main Topic Barack Obama and Tough Love for Africa 35 MIN, 12 SEC

On his last day in Italy, the President told African diplomats the legacy of colonialism is no excuse for their lack of prosperous democracies. Then he headed for sub-Saharan Africa, where he'll bypass the undeveloped, politically unstable countries of Nigeria and Kenya -- birthplace of his father -- in favor of Ghana, with its growing economy and recent history of peaceful transitions of power. Why is he going? How is he likely to be received? What's the best way for the developed world to help a troubled continent?

Craig Gordon, White House Reporter, Politico
David Ampofo, Ghanaian TV and print journalist
Thompson Ayodele, Director, Initiative for Public Policy Analysis
Robert Guest, Washington Correspondent, Economist

Reporter's Notebook Do Hungry Monkeys Live Longer? 7 MIN, 43 SEC

For 70 years, it's been known that the lives of yeast, flies and laboratory rats can be extended by dramatically cutting the number of calories in their diets. Now, after two decades of research, scientists in Wisconsin have done the same with rhesus monkeys, animals which are much more like human beings. We hear more from Carolyn Johnson of the Boston Globe.

Carolyn Y. Johnson, Washington Post (@Carolynyjohnson)


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