6/27/14

Latin Pulse: 6.27.2014

This week before heading out on an extended summer break, Latin Pulse provides a 90-minute summer special filled with emotion and information.  The in-depth segments include an update on the protest movement in Venezuela, an examination of Brazilian national identity and the World Cup, an update on immigration issues in Mexico, and an analysis of the Panama Canal as it celebrates 100 years of operation.  Also, included: a commentary on women and the World Cup.  The program also includes a special interview with the U.S. ambassador to Honduras.  The news segment deals with coca and the Drug War.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Ambassador Lisa Kubiske, U.S. Ambassador to Honduras;
Sonja Wolf of Mexico's INSYDE; and
Julie Greene of the University of Maryland.

Additional interviews include:

Hermann Escarrá of Universidad Central de Venezuela;
Javier Ciurlizza of the International Crisis Group;
Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic & Policy Research (CEPR);
Carlos Lauria of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
Rachel Glickhouse, writer
Julia Michaels, writer; and
Roberto DaMatta, University of Notre Dame

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

Reporter: Elyssa Pachico.

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


 (The program is 90 minutes in length and the file size is 82 MB.)

 
































































6/20/14

Latin Pulse: 6.20.2014

This week, Latin Pulse looks closely at Ecuador, especially its policies on the environment and its diplomatic stance concerning the asylum of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.  The program discusses the various stances of Ecuador's President Rafael Correa when it comes to international free speech movements and those in the media in his own country.  The program also explores Correa's shifting positions regarding oil development in the sensitive Yasuni National Park region of the Amazon.  The news segment this week covers the re-election victory of President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Rob Albro of American University's Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS); and
Teodoro Bustamante of Ecuador's FLACSO.

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

Writer: Elyssa Pachico.

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


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

 




































6/13/14

Latin Pulse: 6.13.2014

This week, Latin Pulse looks closely at Colombia:  it's politics, elections, and the long civil war.  The program gives a preview of this weekend's presidential runoff elections, discussing concerns that because there are several World Cup matches scheduled at the same time, voter turnout could be depressed.  The program also looks at an investigative report that spelled out in detail a strategy in the civil war aimed at decimating the leadership of the rebel groups who oppose the Colombian government.  The news segment this week covers the visit to the United States of Luis Guillermo Solis, the new president of Costa Rica.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Louis Goodman of American University; and
Dana Priest of The Washington Post.

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell; and
Associate Producer: Elyssa Pachico.


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


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

 







































6/6/14

Latin Pulse: 6.06.2014

This week, Latin Pulse centers its focus on the up-coming World Cup competition in Brazil.  Starting with a poll that shows most Brazilians are upset with how the country has spent billions for the games, the program looks at various aspects of the preparations for a month of world-class soccer (football or fútbol).  The discussion includes the competition's economic impact , the issue of national identity, and a preview of the teams to watch in what is the world's most popular sporting event.  Finally, what will these games mean to the preparations for the Summer Olympics of 2016 in Brazil?

 
The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Andrew Zimbalist of Smith College; and
Joshua Nadel of North Carolina Central University.

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell;
Reporter: Elyssa Pachico
; 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.)

 




























5/30/14

Latin Pulse: 5.30.2014

This week, Latin Pulse looks at the conflict between indigenous rights and the work of extractive industries in Guatemala and Peru.  The discussion goes in-depth on various projects in Guatemala, including the recent case of protestors in the La Puya region attempting to stop the development of a mine. The program also covers illegal logging and gold mining in the Amazon. The news segment covers the results of the first round of the Colombian presidential elections.  The program also includes a commentary about the effect of the anti-Cuban policies of the U.S. and the fallout for hemispheric diplomacy.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Kelsey Alford-Jones and Rob Mercatante of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission; and
Andrew Miller of Amazon Watch.

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell; and
Associate Producer: Elyssa Pachico
.


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


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