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We remember Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at age 95. South Africa's first black president, spent 27 years in prison as a suspected "terrorist." He's remembered as the father-figure who liberated a black majority from oppressive white rule and became a champion of racial reconciliation. But, the history is more complicated than that.  We hear different opinions about the man and his legacy. Also, insomnia — from sleeping pills to talk therapy, there's new hope for a disorder afflicting more than half of all Americans.

Banner image; South Africa's President Nelson Mandela raises his hands to quiet the crowd during a prolonged standing ovation at specially convened Harvard University ceremonies honoring him September 18, 1998 in Harvard Yard in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photo: Reuters

Producers:
Evan George
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal

Making News South Africans Mourn the Death, Celebrate the Life of Nelson Mandela 24 MIN, 33 SEC

Since he died yesterday at the age of 95, much of the world has been mourning Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president. Despite 27 years of brutal imprisonment as a suspected "terrorist," he is remembered as the father-figure who liberated a black majority from oppressive white rule and became a champion of racial reconciliation. But, the history is more complicated than that.  We hear different opinions about the man and his legacy.

 

Guests:
Peter Cox, Voice of America
Zakes Mda, South African novelist and playwright (@ZakesMda)
Stan Greenberg, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (@StanGreenberg)

Main Topic Insomnia, Sleeping Pills and Evolution 27 MIN, 15 SEC

If you suffer from insomnia, you are hardly alone. More than half of Americans between 13 and 64 have trouble falling to sleep every night.  New drugs are being developed, as well as alternatives to medication. Is insomnia a natural human condition or a consequence of modern society? We talk to students of sleeplessness.

Guests:
Shelby Freedman Harris, Montefiore Medical Center
David Randall, Reuters (@DKRandall)
Jed Black, Stanford School of Medicine
Matthew Wolf-Meyer, University of California, Santa Cruz (@M_Wolf_Meyer)

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