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May 23, 2002
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Recursos Humanos!

A game show where the prize is a steady job? That may not sound like a big deal to you, but it is in Argentina, where it's all the rage to tune in each night for "Recursos Humanos" - or "Human Resources."

Argentines, beset by an unemployment rate of 23 percent and climbing, are crowding around their television sets to see who will win that night's job, offered by an employer in exchange for free publicity.

It's up to callers choose between two qualified, prescreened contestants. The winner is usually the one whose sob story -- captured through interviews with friends and relatives -- elicits the most tears. The Christian Science Monitor notes that in one episode of "Human Resources," both candidates were 20-something fathers out of work for over a year.

"Today is the best day of my life," says 23-year-old Jose María Muñoz, who garnered 53 percent of the call-in votes and won that day's grand prize, a job making photocopies at a local kiosk. "Finally, I'll feel the dignity that comes with having a job."

The winner of each show gets a one-year contract with full benefits - a rare luxury, the Monitor reports, in a country where more than half the labor market is off the books. The runner-up is given a free six-month medical plan for his or her family. In the United States, that prize might be worth more than the job.

Source: Christian Science Monitor

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