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Randy Phillips, a World-Class Autograph Seeker on The World for 4-10-14

PRI's The World - with Host Marco Werman  

How far would you go to secure an autograph of someone famous? Probably not as far as Randy Phillips. More on that in a minute.

First, to India, where democracy is, in a word, messy. Trying to get almost 800 million voters to the polls is no easy feat. And this time around, there are more first-time voters than ever before. The World's Rhitu Chatterjee is in Delhi, and she's been out and about talking with young voters about the choices they face. We'll also listen to some campaign songs that are being used by various groups in the Indian elections, and find out if a catchy tune can help sway Indian voters.

We'll also have the latest from the Oscar Pistorius trial, and tell you about a former military dog trainer in Britain who is volunteering his time and skills in Kenya to train anti-poaching canines. Not enticed enough? Two words: dog videos. Check out p-r-i dot org later for that.

Back to Randy. He's one of the autograph seekers profiled by contributor Alina Simone. Randy likes to go after the autographs of world leaders. And we mean, REALLY likes to go after them.

Randy says, in a Rumsfeldian kind of way: "You have to plan everything three steps ahead. You have to do all your research. Most importantly as a collector...you have to be prepared for the unprepared."