FROM Conrad Anker
Mount Everest Overcrowded after 60 Years of Climbing Sixty years after the first ascent of Mount Everest, the latest National Geographic contains a series of articles on what it calls "the mess at the top of the world." Conrad Anker, who has climbed in the Himalaya for 25 years, ascended Everest three times and has lost friends to what he calls "the vicissitudes of the high alpine environment," describes looking up at more than 100 other climbers, roped together and moving at exactly the same speed, passing the bodies of others who have fallen to their deaths. He says that friction between foreign climbers and local sherpas has led to outright fighting.
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Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.