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December 5th, 2011
11:41 PM ET

Rebuilding the place where Mickey Mouse was born

A huge thank you to Cydney Millstein, an Architectural Historian in Kansas City Missouri and to Butch Rigbey, Chair of Thank You Walt Disney for their participation in telling this story. Also to Dan Viets of Kansas City. Their passion for history is appreciated. 

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December 5th, 2011
10:59 PM ET

Myanmar enters a new era

      After five decades in the dark, a new era seems to be dawning in Myanmar – one of the most isolated and repressive nations in the world. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just wrapped up a visit to Yangon. She’s the first senior American official to stop in Myanmar in half a century.

     The nation’s new “civilian” government is led by an ex-member of the military regime. But President Thein Sein is making changes.  For one thing, he’s released some political prisoners and started a dialogue with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. But democracy is hardly right around the corner. Here’s Paula Hancocks with a postcard from Myanmar.

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