1/23/15

Latin Pulse: 1.23.2015

The historic changes between Cuba and the United States are rolling out but the Obama administration is also making aggressive diplomatic moves throughout Latin America.  That strategic shift provides the centerpiece for discussion on Latin Pulse this week. The program takes a wide-ranging view of the geopolitical situation in Latin America and provides a preview of the summit next week of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).  The news segment of the program focuses on the negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba and President Barack Obama's policy pronouncements on Cuba.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA); and
Michael McCarthy of American University's Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS).

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell; 
Producer: Jim Singer; 
Engineering Support: Zach Kromer; and
Production Assistant: Gabriela Canchola.


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 (The program is 30 minutes in length and the file size is 42 MB.)

 






















































1/16/15

Latin Pulse: 1.16.2015

During the first month of the new year, Latin Pulse focuses on the spiritual aspects of indigenous communities as a way of providing reflection on this time of change.  The program features the stories and analysis of experts on archaeology and anthropology to provide context on these deep topics.  The program looks at spiritual practice and history in Mexico and Guatemala.  The news segment of the program discusses the latest change in travel and trade regulations between the U.S. and Cuba, allowing travelers from the United States to travel to Cuba unfettered for the first time in many decades.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

David Freidel of Washington University; and
Tim Knab of the Universidad de las Americas - Puebla.

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell; 
Producer: Jim Singer; and
Production Assistant: Gabriela Canchola.


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 (The program is 30 minutes in length and the file size is 42 MB.)

 































1/9/15

Latin Pulse: 1.09.2015

Venezuela, its economy, and its structure as a petro-state are the central themes this week on Latin Pulse.  As Venezuela slips into recession and shortages of consumer goods become more acute, criticism of the government of President Nicolas Maduro is increasing.  The program looks at the patterns of how oil prices have often dictated the popularity of presidents and the shape of politics in Venezuela.  The news segment of the program covers the meeting this week between U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and how protests broke out in the United States due to the visit.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Dan Hellinger of Webster University; and
Alejandro Velasco* of New York University.

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell; 
Producer: Jim Singer; and
Production Assistant: Gabriela Canchola.


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*Velasco is also the author of the forthcoming book: Barrio Rising.

 (The program is 30 minutes in length and the file size is 42 MB.)

 










































1/2/15

Latin Pulse: 1.02.2015

This week, Latin Pulse looks at the historic decision of the United States and Cuba to normalize diplomatic relations.  After more than a half-century of tensions and embargoes, the next steps for Cuba are the central focus of this program.  The program also includes analysis of the human rights situation in the country and debates the effectiveness of democracy-building programs initiated by the United States.  The news segment of the program looks at the onset of recession in Venezuela and the reaction of the government to the economic problems.

The program includes an in-depth interview with:

Eric Hershberg of American University's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS); and
Phil Peters of the Cuba Resource Center.
 
Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell; 
Producer: Jim Singer; and
Associate Producer: Gabriela Canchola.


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(To see a set list of songs used in the production of this program, please go here.)



 (The program is 30 minutes in length and the file size is 42 MB.)

 












































12/19/14

Latin Pulse: 12.19.2014

In this special edition of Latin Pulse, we dip into the holiday spirit, literally, by exploring the spirit of tequila.  The program includes an in-depth discussion of the business and economics surrounding the trade of tequila and how the taste for tequila has changed, propelled by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  The program also includes a tasting and discussion of top shelf tequilas. The news segment of the program looks at the historic proposal this week worked out between the Cuban and U.S. governments regarding discussions of normalizing diplomatic relations after more than 53 years of conflict.

The program includes an in-depth interview with:

Ramses Armendariz of Webster University.

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell; 
Producer: Jim Singer; and
Associate Producer: Gabriela Canchola.


(To download or stream this podcast, click here.)

(To see a set list of songs used in the production of this program, please go here.)



 (The program is 30 minutes in length and the file size is 42 MB.)