4/11/14

Latin Pulse: 4.11.2014

Issues of democratization in Venezuela and Cuba provide the central themes this week on Latin Pulse.  The controversy over whether the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) overstepped its proper functions by sponsoring a secret communications program in Cuba provides one of this week's debatable topics.  Latin Pulse also interviews one of the key leaders of Venezuela's protest movement and debates whether that movement represents free speech or an anti-democratic method to seize power. This week's commentary reviews a landmark case of lesbian rights in Chile and how that might be applied to an upcoming case in the Dominican Republic.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Phil Brenner of American University; and
Rodrigo Diamanti of El Mundo Sin Mordaza

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell; and
Associate Producer: Megan Ekhaml.

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 (The program is 30 minutes in length and the file size is 28 MB.)

 
































4/4/14

Latin Pulse: 4.04.2014

This week Latin Pulse returns to the issues of human rights and politics in Central America.  The program includes an in-depth look at the human rights abuses attached to the land conflicts in the Bajo Aguan area of Honduras.  The program also looks at this weekend's presidential runoff in Costa Rica.  The discussion revolves around the key issues that will face the next president of Costa Rica.  The news segment of the program looks at revelations that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) secretly was behind the establishment of a Twitter-like text service in Cuba.

The program includes an in-depth interview with:

Ciska Raventos of the Universidad de Costa Rica

The program also includes interviews with:
Nik Steinberg of Human Rights Watch;
Annie Bird of Rights Action; and
Alex Main of the Center for Economic & Policy Research (CEPR).

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell; 
Reporter: Rachel Baye; and
Associate Producer: Megan Ekhaml.

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 (The program is 30 minutes in length and the file size is 28 MB.)

 









































3/28/14

Latin Pulse: 3.28.2014

On the cusp of the 50th anniversary of the Brazilian military coup, Latin Pulse
looks backward at the important history of Brazil and how it was altered by this Cold War military take-over.  The program includes the views of a historian researching the coup and its after-effects and also of an academic who lived through the military policies and saw the changes as Brazil began to democratize again in the 1980s.  The news segment of the program covers the labor unrest in Paraguay that has hit that country's economy.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Victoria Langland, the University of Michigan; and
Cristina Pacheco, of the State University of Paraiba

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell; and
Associate Producer: Megan Ekhaml.

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


 (The program is 30 minutes in length and the file size is 28 MB.)

 

































3/21/14

Latin Pulse: 3.21.2014

Latin Pulse returns to its regular schedule this with a variety of items, including discussions of religion and sports.  One key interview in the program covers how Brazil is preparing for FIFA's World Cup and how preparation for that sports competition has diverted funds for transportation, healthcare, and education.  The program also includes a discussion about the growth of religious freedom in Cuba with a Cuban cleric.  And the program also includes a commentary about the ongoing violent protests in Venezuela.  The news segment of the program covers protests against violence in Mexico.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Paulo Sotero, Director of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center; and
Dr. Reinerio Arce, Rector and President of the Protestant Ecumenical Seminary in Matanzas, Cuba

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell; and
Associate Producer: Megan Ekhaml.

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


 (The program is 30 minutes in length and the file size is 28 MB.)

 






























3/7/14

Latin Pulse: 3.07.2014

Elections and politics in Central America provide the central themes this week on Latin Pulse.  The program looks at the politics and topics driving this weekend's elections in El Salvador.  The program also covers the political and electoral topography in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.  The program compares the economic climate in El Salvador and how they differ from neighboring Honduras, and why that makes El Salvador a different and more stable political system.  The news segment of the program covers the diplomatic spat between Venezuela, Panama and the United States, and the anti-government protests that have sparked the diplomatic disputes.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Geoff Thale of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA); and
John Booth of the University of North Texas.


Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell; and
Associate Producer: Megan Ekhaml.

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


 (The program is 30 minutes in length and the file size is 28 MB.)