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From an educator in North Korea to a stats whiz in Vegas, here’s the best of OZY this week.

When a whole month’s worth of current affairs get packed into just one week — from an alleged chemical attack in Syria and a potential retaliatory strike from the U.S., France and the U.K. to the hot-seat grilling of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to the re-election of a strongman president in Hungary — it can be difficult to take a step back to understand it all. This week, OZY’s been giving you a look behind the curtain in North Korea and a glimpse into Africa’s rising superpower of Nigeria. Enjoy some of the highlights from the past seven days here:

No. 1: See beyond: The Man Behind North Korea’s Only Private University

Once sentenced to death as a prisoner in North Korea, James Kim was freed and has since built a university in Pyongyang.
Why You Should Care: Because he’s trying to open up channels to this closed-off country.

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No. 2: Get ahead: How Trump Is Winning Over Democrats, Losing Republicans

The U.S. president’s new tariffs and trade focus are making lawmakers in both parties temporarily flip on the controversial leader.
Why You Should Care: Because Trump’s friends and foes have shifted.

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No. 3: Book smart: 10 Innovative Small Publishers to Watch in 2018

When it comes to the new and the next in publishing, little but mighty is where it’s at.
Why You Should Care: Because these indie publishers are doing exciting stuff.

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No. 4: Tune in: She’s Bringing the Black Experience to American Television

Writer Jas Waters was raised by her grandmother in a home for seniors. Today she’s working on Jim Carrey’s new TV series.
Why You Should Care: Because she’s got a strong voice, and isn’t afraid to use it.

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No. 5: Around the World: Lebanon’s Waste Warriors Fight the Rising Tide of Trash

Engineers, architects and colleges in Lebanon are finding solutions to the waste management problem their government is ignoring.
Why You Should Care: Because Lebanon can’t take any more sh*t.

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No. 6: True Story: Kidnapped by Boko Haram. Escaped by Chance

Lami had no plans to leave her village or to remarry. Boko Haram changed all that. And not for the better. One woman’s story of capture, and deliverance.
Why You Should Care: Because every life matters to someone, even if it should matter to us all.

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No. 7: Game on: Will the Phillies’ Rookie Manager Allow His Team to Win?

After some big offseason signings and the addition of MLB’s most unorthodox manager, do Philly fans have a winning team in town?
Why You Should Care: Because this city trusts the process.

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No. 8: Ballin’: This Analytic Whiz Kid Traded Baseball for Vegas

Brad Rodriguez dreamed of becoming a general manager in the MLB — then Caesars Entertainment came calling.
Why You Should Care: Because Brad Pitt already made that movie.

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No. 9: Follow the Thread: How a Country Bumpkin Turned Into the ‘King of Hollywood’

The Clark Gable who became a box-office star bore little resemblance to the young man from Ohio who first arrived in Tinseltown.
Why You Should Care: Because it wasn’t only female stars who received a makeover in early Hollywood.

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No. 10: Believe it or not: How the Gambia Learned to Grow Both Forests and Food

By empowering local communities, this West African nation may have found a way to square the circle.
Why You Should Care: Because as the need to feed more people grows, forests are often the first victim.

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No. 11: Who’s with us: Make Super PACs Foot Bill for Sexual Harassment Cases

It’s time for shady money to bear the burden of shady behavior on Capitol Hill — instead of taxpayers.
Why You Should Care: Because right now, sleazy behavior is covered by your pocketbook.

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