RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

India is not the only place where skin lighteners are popular. In this country, former baseball All-Star Sammy Sosa turned up at the Latin Grammy Awards last week looking, well, fairer than usual. That ignited speculation that Sosa, best known for his years with the Chicago Cubs, had bleached his skin or was suffering from some sort of medical condition.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

The slugger spoke up yesterday at an interview with the Spanish language network Univision. Mr. Sosa downplayed the apparent change in his skin color. He said he's been using a moisturizer to soften his skin and he says that cream, combined with the bright television lights set up for the ceremony, made his skin look lighter than it is.

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