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The Madeleine Brand Show for December 19, 2011




This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency this month via the Tokyo-based Korean News Service (KNS) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Il inspecting the Pyongyang Vegetable Science Institute in Pyongyang. North Korea's future seems uncertain after Kim's death.
This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency this month via the Tokyo-based Korean News Service (KNS) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Il inspecting the Pyongyang Vegetable Science Institute in Pyongyang. North Korea's future seems uncertain after Kim's death.
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