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.


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12/12/14

Latin Pulse: 12.12.2014

This week, Latin Pulse rejoins its analysis of Venezuela with a focus on the political and economic debate there.  With the U.S. levying economic sanctions on the country due to human rights violations, the opposition and protests movements again take center stage in the debate.  The program also looks at the issues of justice regarding accusations leveled at opposition politicians and the jailing of Leopoldo Lopez.  The program includes a wide-ranging discussion of the development of the current form of Venezuelan government and how the death of President Hugo Chavez continues to be felt in amidst the current crisis.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

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

Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell; 
Producer: Jim Singer; and
Associate Producer: 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.)

 







































12/5/14

Latin Pulse: 12.05.2014

This week, Latin Pulse puts its focus back on Cuba as Alan Gross, an imprisoned U.S. citizen passed the five year mark of his incarceration on the island.  The program includes an in-depth interview analyzing the Gross case and what it means for U.S.-Cuba relations.  The program also looks at the modern history of secret negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba and how those negotiations have subtly changed policy.  The news segment of the program looks at the resumption of peace talks in Colombia after the release of a general held captive by rebels.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Phil Peters of the Cuba Research Center; and
Bill LeoGrande 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.)

 






































11/21/14

Latin Pulse: 11.21.2014

This week, Latin Pulse goes in-depth on politics and the environment.  The program gives a preview of the United Nations conference on climate set for next month in Peru.  And the program looks ahead to the run-off presidential race in Uruguay set for the end of the month.  The analysis of the race in Uruguay also covers the country's controversial marijuana law. The news segment of the program covers the announcement by President Barack Obama that the government will give relief to unauthorized immigrants and likely five million immigrants will be able to put off deportation for a limited time.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Andrew Miller of Amazon Watch; and
Chris Sabatini of Americas Quarterly.

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


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11/14/14

Latin Pulse: 11.14.2014

This week, Latin Pulse dives into the Drug War.  The program explores two of the most important fronts in that war: Mexico and Venezuela.  The segment of the program on Mexico gives an overview of the condition of various cartels and why the strategy to focus on drug kingpins has mostly failed. The segment on Venezuela focuses on the ties between Venezuela's military and the drug trade. The news segment of the program gives the latest information about the controversy surrounding 43 missing university students in Mexico and whether they were massacred by police and drug cartels colluding together.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Jo Tuckman of The Guardian;
Jeremy McDermott of InSight Crime.

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


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11/7/14

Latin Pulse: 11.07.2014

This week, Latin Pulse takes a deeper look at the disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa and Cuban migration to the United States. Global activists are protesting due to the disappearance of the 43 university students in Mexico. The situation is emblematic of decades of corruption and collusion in the Mexican government. This time, however, it appears the Mexican government will be held to account. Later in the program, Cuban immigrants are coming to the U.S. in higher numbers now than any time in the past 20 years. The program looks at the reason behind this increased immigrant flow.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Maureen Meyer of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA);
William LeoGrande of American University.

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


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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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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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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.


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9/26/14

Latin Pulse: 9.26.2014

This week, Latin Pulse comes remotely from Costa Rica to deal with two issues of crisis: the media economic crisis in Costa Rica and beyond, and the problem of undocumented and unaccompanied minors on the U.S.-Mexico border.  The U.S. Border Patrol says the crisis concerning undocumented minors is past its peak, but this program explores the causal issues.  The news segment relates how Pope Francis has shifted the Vatican's policy concerning pedophilia in the clergy and has fired a bishop and ordered the house arrest of a former archbishop concerning cases in Paraguay and the Dominican Republic.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Eric Olson of the Wilson Center; and
Prof. Ignacio Siles of the Universidad de Costa Rica.

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


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9/19/14

Latin Pulse: 9.19.2014

This week, Latin Pulse celebrates its third anniversary with a look back at some of the most popular interviews of the past season.  This celebration has become a tradition for the program and includes a mix of out-takes and excerpts.  The program follows various themes:  politics and elections in Brazil; the dispute over ownership of the Falkland Islands (also referred to as the Malvinas); corruption in Paraguay; and the growth of religion in Cuba.  The news segment covers legal moves in Argentina to bring to justice those who covered up the stealing of babies during that country's Dirty War.

The program includes interviews with:

Cristina Pacheco of the State University of Paraiba;
Paulo Sotero of the Woodrow Wilson Center;
Mike Summers, MLA of the Falkland Islands;
Andrew Nickson of the University of Birmingham (U.K.); and
Dr. Reinerio Arce of the Protestant Ecumenical Seminary of Matanzas, Cuba.

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.)

 

































9/12/14

Latin Pulse: 9.12.2014

This week, Latin Pulse focuses on elections in South America.  With elections coming in Bolivia and Uruguay next month, the program looks at the leading candidates and key issues in the races.  The segment on Bolivia also discusses the long-time popularity of President Evo Morales.  The program also discusses indigenous groups and politics in Bolivia. The segment on Uruguay analyzes the political return of former President Tabare Vazquez. The news segment deals with the murder in Peru of an environmental activist, with suspicions the murder is linked to illegal logging.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Sinclair Thomson of New York University; and
Gabriela Santini of TeleDoce in Uruguay.

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


Some audio in this program is provided by the Peruvian website Utero through a Creative Commons license,

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

 































9/5/14

Latin Pulse: 9.05.2014

This week, Latin Pulse returns in a new format after its summer hiatus.  The program focuses on Brazil.  One of the in-depth segments looks at the presidential election race and how it has heated up with a change of candidates.  The segment discusses the political issues involved and how the entrance of Socialist candidate Marina Silva has changed the election competition.  The program includes a segment about threats to free speech in Brazil, including discussion of why Brazil is on the Committee to Protect Journalist's list of dangerous countries.  The news segment deals with a new economic plan for Venezuela.

The program includes in-depth interviews with:

Matt Taylor of American University; and
Carlos Lauria of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

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


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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 EscarrĂĄ 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.

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 (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.

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 (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.


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