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Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: The Most Interesting World Leader in the World.

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PETER SAGAL, host: We want to remind everybody they can join us most weeks back home at the Chase Bank Auditorium in beautiful downtown Chicago, Illinois. For tickets and more information, you can go to WBEZ.org and you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org.

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Peter, rumor has it that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wants to run for president of Russia again next year. He's already begun a sort of covert campaign to woo the public over. He is using a series of photo ops featuring the Russian leader in action, doing, among other things, what?

PETER GROSZ: Anything while topless?

SAGAL: We'll take that. The answer is everything.

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SAGAL: This week, Atlantic.com put together a gallery of over 30 photos of the Russian leader displaying his manliness.

For example, a picture of Putin driving a Formula One racecar, Putting harpooning a whale, shooting a tiger, delivering a karate chop to a challenger, competing in an arm wrestling competition, giving a piano recital, snuggling with a puppy, piloting a fire-fighting plane, bottle feeding a young moose, driving a tank...

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SAGAL: Playing hockey, talking to a lion, whispering to a horse, consoling a tiger cub, bending a frying pan with his bare hands, and deep sea diving off the coast of Greece, just to discover two ancient clay urns.

GROSZ: That was the best one.

SAGAL: That really, yeah.

GROSZ: He looked like he just emerged from the water, like I didn't also see any like scuba equipment.

SAGAL: No.

GROSZ: Can he breathe under water also?

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ROXANNE ROBERTS: He's Neptune.

GROSZ: Yeah.

SAGAL: He can breathe whatever the hell he wants, sir.

GROSZ: Yeah.

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SAGAL: The Dos Equis guy may be the most interesting man in the world, but when Vladimir Putin drinks beer, he does it with that guy's mom.

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