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Burundi's Leaders Workshop Toward Progress

The Hutus and Tutsis of Burundi, in Central Africa, have embarked on an experiment: after decades of massacres and a civil war that left several hundred thousand dead, the two groups have adopted a constitution that requires them to share power.

That means the same people who spent years trying to kill each other are now senators and colonels and police chiefs, side by side.

In their struggle to learn to disagree without violence or stalemates, they're experimenting again: borrowing from the tools of American corporate culture.

As part of Worlds of Difference, a series on global cultural change, Marianne McCune of NPR station WNYC attended a retreat for 35 members of the high command of Burundi's newly integrated national police.

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Marianne McCune
Marianne McCune is a reporter and producer for Embedded: Buffalo Extreme who has more than two decades of experience making award-winning audio stories. She has produced narrative podcast series for New York Magazine (Cover Story), helped start, produce and edit long-form narrative shows for NPR and public radio affiliates (Rough Translation; United States of Anxiety, Season Four), reported locally and internationally (NPR News, NPR's Planet Money and WNYC News) and produced groundbreaking narrative audio tours (SF MOMA, Detour). She is also the founder of Radio Rookies, a narrative youth radio series, that is still thriving at WNYC.