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OBIT: KIM JONG IL. North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Il dies, and it seems his son, Kim Jong-Un will now take charge of the Hermit Kingdom. Former UN weapons inspector and International Atomic Energy Agency head, Hans Blix offers his analysis.
About-face. It looks like a video game -- but a program called FaceMaze actually helps train autistic people to recognize facial expressions.
OBIT: VACLAV HAVEL. Before he was a dissident and long before he was a head of state, he was a writer. Vaclav Havel, the former president of Czechoslovakia, died on Sunday. We speak with Paul Wilson, who translated Mr. Havel's books into English.
ALGORITHM FOR MUSIC. Do you ever get a song in your head that just won't get out? A Belgian professor claims that there an algorithm to explain why.
CENTRAL AMERICA KIDNEY FAILURE. A mystery with deadly consequences. Central American farm workers' kidneys are shutting down, and no one is quite sure why.
READING: UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR.
That glorious song of old. We revisit Christmases of days gone by in Margaret Laurence's short story, "Upon a Midnight Clear."