10/31/14

Latin Pulse: 10.31.2014

This week, Latin Pulse studies the culture of indigenous religions as the program dives into the history of the Day of the Dead. The program takes a look at the impact of colonialism on this holiday, and how those changes impact Latin America today. However, the day continues to be a celebration of humanity's relationship with death and the environment. Then, in the second half of the show, the program analyzes Mayan spirituality and its central role in Mayan culture. The news segment of the program follows the evolving situation with a group of missing university students in Mexico.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Roberto Barrios of Southern Illinois University - Carbondale;
David Freidel of Washington University.

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


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

 




























10/24/14

Latin Pulse: 10.24.2014

This week, Latin Pulse provides insight into important elections in South America: presidential races in Brazil and Uruguay.  Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is fighting for her political life as some polls show conservative challenger Aecio Neves ahead with voting coming this weekend. In Uruguay, polls show former president Tabare Vazquez is the front-runner.  However, balloting this weekend may reveal he is not popular enough to avoid a second round of voting.  Necessary improvements in education is an issue driving both races.  The news segment covers an informal alliance between Cuba and the U.S. to fight Ebola together in West Africa.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Cristina Pacheco of the State University of Paraiba;
Francisco Panizza of the London School of Economics.

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


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

 





































10/17/14

Latin Pulse: 10.17.2014


This week, Latin Pulse focuses on Argentina's debt crisis. A federal judge in the U.S. is holding Argentina in contempt for failing to come up with a plan that satisfies all of its creditors from a default in 2001.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled it would not review the case, thus upholding the lower court decisions on the bond repayments.  That decision triggered a second default.  This case holds implications not only for Argentina's economic future, but for the position of financial outlets in New York. This week's news segment covers the victory claims of President Evo Morales in Bolivia.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Peter Schechter of Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center of the Atlantic Council; and
Leslie Armijo of Portland State University

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


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

 





























10/10/14

Latin Pulse: 10.10.2014


This week, Latin Pulse focuses on the presidential elections and debate over indigenous rights in Bolivia. Evo Morales, Bolivia's popular president runs for a third term in office against Samuel Doria Medina. If Morales wins a third term, what will that mean for diplomacy with the United States? The latter half of the program reflects on the emergence of indigenous rights in Bolivia and how that runs against the trend of suppression of indigenous political power. The news segment covers the disappearance of students in Mexico and the controversy it has caused.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Forrest Hylton of Northwestern University; and
Rob Albro of American University

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


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

 








































10/3/14

Latin Pulse: 10.03.2014

This week, Latin Pulse looks at elections and economics: Brazil’s presidential election and Argentina’s economic crisis.   The Brazilian elections feature three major party candidates vying to get more than 50 percent of the vote or move on to a second round of voting.  The program looks at the chances of upstart candidate Marina Silva of the Socialist Party and debates her chances of upsetting President Dilma Rousseff.  The program also gives the latest on the Argentine debt crisis and explores its origins.  The news segment covers the recent killing of charismatic Venezuelan youth leader, Robert Serra.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Prof. Jose Antonio Cheibub of the University of Illinois; and
Prof. Leslie Armijo of the Portland State University of Oregon.

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


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

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